Fresh group of Pakistani Hindus arrive in Attari, might seek asylum
A fresh group of fifteen Pakistani Hindus faith arrived at the Attari Railway Station here on Monday.
Their arrival has further spread the cloud of suspicion of seeking asylum in India on the contention of religious exploitation in Pakistan.
The Pakistani Hindus were reluctant to speak to mediapersons but did indicate that they were facing exploitation back home.
Earlier, a group of over 250 pilgrims arrived at the Wagah border, where they boarded a bus that took them to Amritsar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Indore and Delhi on a month-long tour.
Apart from the 15 Hindus from Pakistan, 26 Indians also returned to their country.
One of the Indians, Pawan Kukhreja, who was visiting his uncle in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir said that they read reports in local newspapers of Hindu girls getting kidnapped and being converted to Muslims.
"We did not see any incident, but everyday in the papers we used to read news of an incident, of a kidnapping. The biggest problem is the kidnapping of Hindu girls and they being forced to convert to Muslims," Kukhreja said.
Pakistan authorities on August 10 had allowed a group of Hindu pilgrims to cross into India after seven hours of detention, following reports that they were planning to migrate in order to escape from abductions and attacks on their business establishments.
The detention came after reports of an attempt at migration surfaced in the local media, even though the pilgrims carried valid month-long visas.
Ten Hindu families had recently decided to migrate to India by contending that there were instances of forced conversions and violence against Hindus, making them feel insecure in Pakistan.
They also lamented that their shops were looted while unknown men raided their homes and women were molested at free will.