Hindus in Pakistan made to wear distinctive clothing, face other harassment and discrimination, flee to India

Islamic Tolerance Alert from Pakistan: in Islamic law, dhimmis must be made to wear distinctive clothing so that a Muslim does not mistakenly greet them by saying As salaamu aleikum, “Peace be upon you” — a greeting that can only lawfully be given to another Muslim. Hindus, not being “People of the Book,” were not originally accorded dhimmi status, but as a matter of practicality this status was extended to them during the period of Islamic rule in India.

“No more safe at home, Pak Hindus flee to India,” from Rediff, March 16 (thanks to Varunappa):

In May 2008, Pakistan’s tribal province of Orakzai was in the news. The majority Muslims did not allow the Hindus to cremate their dead at the place that had been the designated crematorium for over a century.

The next month, the Pakistan government signed a peace treaty with the Taliban. It was among many other such treaties and not much was made of it, especially since the latter agreed that it would recognise the writ of the government.

But in the next couple of months, the few Hindu families began facing the heat.

“It was like the smoke before the fire. The Taliban’s presence was not very evident in the following two months. But things were becoming obvious. A group of locals who supported the Taliban gave us the distinct feeling that we were not wanted there,” says Jagdish Lal Sharma, who says he is a Pandit from the region.

Though there were no direct threats, the Hindu families were never left in any doubt about their minority status. Sometimes it would be a warning not to stare at Muslim women for long, at other times, it would be the subtle coercion of the local administrators to sell their land when the situation was still normal. The families were weighing their options until October when they were asked to wear a red patch in their pagadis (turban).

“We were told Hindus are not supposed to wish a Muslim even inadvertently and that is why, in order to make it obvious for a passing Muslim that we were Hindus, we ought to have some element of red in our headgear,” Hardwari Lal, who is now in Amritsar with his family of 13, says….

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