Zubair’s claim is contrary to present-day reality and to the history of Hindus in Pakistan. In 1951, Hindus were 22% of the Pakistani population (including East Pakistan, now Bangladesh). In 1997, the percentage of Hindus was 1.6% in Pakistan and 10.2% in Bangladesh. This drop in the Hindu population is because of Islamic hostility toward Hindus; in classic Islamic law, Hindus, not being “People of the Book,” must convert to Islam or be killed. After a fatwa granting them honorary “People of the Book” status, Hindus may continue to live as Hindus, but only insofar as they accept Muslim hegemony and denial of their basic rights as dhimmis. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has not enforced traditional Islamic laws regarding dhimmis, but has turned a blind eye to Muslims making life miserable for Hindus in the country.
“Islam preaches humanity, gives equal rights to all communities: Zubair,” Radio Pakistan, August 4, 2017:
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the role played by Hindu community in the progress and prosperity of the country could not be forgotten.
He was talking to President Hindu Cremation Ground Association Guru Minhant Ram Nath Mishra in Karachi on Friday.
He said Islam preaches humanity and gives equal rights to all the communities….