Pak’s Hindu lawmakers walk out of Parliament

Lawmakers belonging to Pak`s minority Hindu community walked out of Parl to protest a top judge`s remarks that Hindus might be financing attacks in the country.

Updated: Mar 17, 2010, 13:21 PM IST

Islamabad: Lawmakers belonging to
Pakistan`s minority Hindu community walked out of Parliament to protest a top judge`s remarks that Hindus might be financing terrorist attacks in the country.

Ramesh Lal, a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan
People`s Party, raised the issue in the National Assembly
yesterday, saying the sentiments of an estimated four million
Pakistani Hindus were hurt by Lahore High Court Chief Justice
Khwaja Muhammad Sharif`s uncalled for remarks.

While hearing a petition on barring the deportation of
Afghan Taliban leaders on Monday, Justice Sharif rebutted
arguments by a lawyer that US security firm Blackwater and
Hindus were involved in terrorist attacks and remarked that
"Muslims and not Hindus are involved in terror acts in

He had contended that Hindus "might be the financiers"
of such attacks.

Lal said if a country was suspected of sponsoring such
attacks it should be named but blame should not be put on the
Hindus who were as patriotic as other Pakistanis.

He drew the attention of President Asif Ali Zardari
and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to the worry caused to
Hindus by the judge`s remarks and appealed to Supreme Court
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the

Some ministers and lawmakers sought to assuage the
feelings of Lal but he was not satisfied and walked out of the

Lal was joined by other Hindu lawmakers and members of
the Awami National Party in the walk out, described as the
first protest in Parliament against the judiciary.