Washington DC: Sindhi-American Human Rights activist Fatima Gul told the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that religious persecution and violence against women are some of the most common occurrences in Pakistan.
She further added that on September 15, religious groups in that country attacked temples, houses, schools, and Hindus in Ghotki town of Sindh province claiming that a Sindhi Hindu professor had committed blasphemy.
“These attacks which lasted for over a week were completely blacked out by Pakistani media,” Gul said, adding that despite a lack of evidence, the professor was taken into police custody.
“Religious persecution remains a salient feature of Pakistan. Hindus, Christians, Ahmedis, Shias, Balochs continued to be victimised by religious extremists who operate with the government impunity. Pakistan is the only country in the world that legislated against its own citizens,” she told the committee.