“Kalash incident” a grave question mark on the safety of minorities, says Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

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Karachi (June 17, 2016): Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member of National Assembly Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has called the recent “Kalash incident” as a grave question mark on the safety of minorities living in Pakistan. Addressing an emergency press conference at Karachi Press Club, Dr. Ramesh Vankwani has demanded to ensure the security of Kalash teenager girl and her family.

He also showed serious concerns on those media reports in which it was stated that “a mob consisting of hundreds of local Muslims clashed with members of Kalash tribe in Chitral after a teenager claimed she was forced to convert to Islam, while Police had to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd attacking her home.”

Talking to media, Dr. Ramesh Vankwani also highlighted the most recent incidents against Hindu women which were happened this month in the Sindh province. “Dr. Anum Setlani was tortured and blackmailed for forced conversion by an ambulance driver named Noman in Karachi,” he said. “”Ms. Neelan was kidnapped by three persons in Rahum Yar Khan, while Ms, Sapna was kidnapped by “Asif” and his three friends,” He further said, adding that Pakistan Hindu Council has already submitted a petition in Sindh High Court regarding these incidents.

Dr. Ramesh Kumar, during his press conference, also urged for the practical implementation of “No forceful conversions in Islam”. He proposed to make it compulsory to study Islam at least 6 months for those who are interested to embrace. He was of the view that religious conversions on the bases of emotions and pressure are impacting bad impacts on the society. He also asked to the political and religious parties to find the solution of this sensitive issue collectively, and suggested to organize an international conference on this topic.

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