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Indian citizens arrive in Karachi to seek refuge from 'Hindu terrorists'

The father and son say Muslims are being persecuted in India and do not wish to go back

By Afzal Nadeem Dogar
September 25, 2023

KARACHI: A father and son duo from India have arrived in Karachi to seek refuge from “Hindu terrorists” in their homeland.

Seventy-year-old Mohammad Hasnain and 31-year-old Ishaq Amir, who are residents of New Delhi, planned to come to Pakistan after they were targeted by “Hindu terrorists” multiple times.

The father and son duo travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on September 5 and two days later they took a visa for Afghanistan. On September 8, they reached Kabul and took a flight to Kandahar and reached the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Spin Boldak via taxi.

They said that they entered Pakistan from the Chaman border with the help of an agent. After entering Pakistan, the duo then paid a Pakistani taxi driver Rs60,000 to drop them to Hub from where they entered Karachi in a rickshaw.

After arriving in Karachi, they contacted the police who shifted them to an Edhi centre.

While talking to Geo News, the duo confirmed that they were staying at the Edhi centre in Sohrab Goth. They added that Muslims are being persecuted in India and do not wish to go back.

Religious discrimination in India, the world's largest democracy, has reached a "frightening" level since Narendra Modi-led Hindu nationalist party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rose to power in 2015.

In its annual reports on religious freedom, the US State Department listed several attacks against India's religious minorities including Muslims and Christians in the billion-plus nation.

Human rights groups also accuse Modi's rule of fostering discriminatory religious nationalism targeting Muslim, Christian, and Sikh religious minorities.