ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/KARACHI - Taking serious note, Hindu community has asked the federal government to take immediate steps to protect religious minorities in the country as it is responsibility of the government to provide complete protection to Hindus, Christians and other minorities.
On Monday, private TV channels reported that unidentified assailants gunned down three Hindu brothers — all doctor by profession — and a passerby in Shikarpur, a district in interior Sindh. The slain doctors were identified as Dr Ajit Kumar and his two brothers, Dr Ashok Kumar and Dr Naresh Kumar.
Pakistan Hindu Council patron Dr Ramesh Kumar, a former member of Sindh Assembly, said that this was not the first time when gunmen attacked Hindu community. “What is of concern is that the law enforcement agencies tend to support criminals involved in such acts,” he said.
Soon after the incident, President Asif Ali Zardari sought an immediate report about the attack and asked for immediate arrest of culprits and bringing them to justice. He also instructed MNA Ramesh Lal to proceed to the place of incident and convey his condolences to the bereaved families.
Hindu Sudhar Sabha Pakistan President AmarNath Randhawa and All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement Chairman Haroon SrabDiyal condemned the brutal killings and appealed to President Asif Zardari, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Sindh government to take note of the incident.
The TV channels reported that the slaying of Hindus took place in front of a police station on a busy locality in district Shikarpur. Police said personal enmity could be behind the attack. The police had arrested two suspects in the killings and were searching for other culprits.