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Pak Hindus refuse to go back, MEA extends visa

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:49

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has given one month extension to Pakistan Hindus, who have refused to go back to the neighbouring state due to rising extremism there.

Reports, Tuesday, claimed that the MEA gave one month extension to the Pakistan Hindus after their visas expired. Fearing for their lives, the Hindus living in Pakistan are fleeing the country every month and increasingly seeking refuge in India.

As per report, hundreds of Pakistan Hindu families are currently living in shelter homes since November 2011 after their tourist visas expired. Currently, there are more than 450 Pakistani citizens living in various shelter homes across various states in India.
Ignored in their own country, the Pakistan Hindus are pleading the authorities here to heare their case and provide them permanent shelter.

The Hindus constituted 22% of the Pakistani population in 1951. Today, their share is down to less than 2% with a majority of Hindu families living in the Sindh region.

Pakistan is home to world`s fifth largest Hindu population in the world but their fast shrinking population is an indication of their deplorable lives and the challenges they face as a minority in that country.

With PTI Inputs

First Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:49

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