Ex-Pak MLA Seeks Asylum In India, Confirms 'minorities Are Tortured'

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Former MLA from Imran Khan's PTI sought asylum in India over minority atrocities in Pakistan, and further asserted that Imran Khan is handled by the Pak Army.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Pakistan's former MLA from Imran Khan's PTI, who is seeking political asylum in India over the atrocities on minority communities in the country, on Tuesday asserted that Hindus and Sikhs are 'tortured' in the neighbour country.  

Pakistan's ex-MLA, Baldev Kumar stated that not just minority communities but even the Muslims in Pakistan are not safe, as the life in Pakistan is full of difficulties. 

"Not only minorities but even Muslims are not safe there (Pakistan). We are surviving in Pakistan with a lot of difficulties. I request the Indian government to give me asylum here. I will not go back," Baldev Kumar told ANI. Baldev Kumar's admission resurfaces Pakistan's record of ill-treatment and forced conversions towards the minority religious communities. 

The MLA further admitted that Pakistan PM Imran Khan is a mere puppet of the Pakistan Army and that the country backs terrorism, saying, "It is a truth that terrorism is supported in Pakistan. In our country, nobody looked at their house but pointed fingers at others. The Army is doing everything, nothing is in Imran Khan's hand. All the thieves are in Imran Khan's party. Imran Khan is only handled by the Pakistan Army."

Pakistan politician seeks asylum

A former PTI MLA from Barikot in Khyber Pakhtun Khwa (KPK) assembly, Baldev Kumar is in India along with his family to seek political asylum. Baldev, 43, no longer wants to return to Pakistan and has alleged that minority religious communities, including Hindus and Sikhs, are being prosecuted in Pakistan.

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"The Indian government should announce a package so that the Hindu and Sikh families staying in Pakistan can come here. I want Modi Sahab to do something for them. They are tortured there," he said.

Forced conversions in Pakistan

In Pakistan, incidents, where Hindu, Sikh and Christian girls are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men, are reported regularly. The recent incident of abduction, forcible marriage and religious conversion of a Sikh girl of Nankana Sahib is a telling example

The UN body, United Nations Meet on Safety of Religious Minorities called out Pakistan on August 23 over the countries abuse of people belonging to the minority communities. Nations such as Poland, UK, Canada, and the US slammed Pakistan and China saying that a large number of people have been marginalised in their own societies in these nations.

A day before Pakistan PM Imran Khan's meeting with Donald Trump at the White House during his visit in July, members of the Congress wrote to the US President over the forced illegal conversion of minority Hindu and Christian girls back in Pakistan. In an elaborate letter, US Congress said that the US has given Pakistan assistance of over $30 billion to improve social and economic conditions, along with good governance, however, none of this has occurred. 

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The letter to the US President addressed the issue of forced conversions where "young Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. Often, they are then married off to men decades their senior" by the Pakistani state and its supporters.

Imran Khan's admission on minority atrocities

Addressing a Minority Day celebration at President House in Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan admitted the atrocities over minorities in the country, saying 'they've been left behind'

He said, "How do you include humanity? When you protect everyone's rights. Why will people in Balochistan, Sindh or areas like Rajanpur fight for Pakistan if no one in the state even asks about them, if they have no stake in the state? They've been left behind."

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