Recently, an expert claimed that religious minorities in Pakistan are experiencing a “drip, drip genocide”. Looking at historical census data, Farahnaz Ispahani pointed to the dramatic decrease of religious minorities in Pakistan since the country was established in 1947. Ispahani went on to explain that violence and discriminatory laws against Pakistan’s religious minorities were to blame for this dramatic decrease and claimed that Pakistan must do more to protect these vulnerable communities.
02/28/2017 Pakistan (Economic Times) – Pakistan is experiencing “drip drip genocide”, a noted scholar from the country has said, describing it as the “most dangerous” kind of wiping out of religious minorities in the Islamic nation.
“Right before the partition of India and Pakistan, we had a very healthy balance of religions other than Islam. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Zoroastrians. (Now) Pakistan goes from 23 per cent, which is almost a quarter of its population, to three per cent today,” noted Pakistani author, journalist and politician Farahnaz Ispahani told PTI.
“I call it a ‘drip, drip genocide’, because it’s the most dangerous kind of wiping out of religious communities,” said Ispahani, whose book ‘Purifying the Land of the Pure’ was launched in the US this month.
“It (genocide) doesn’t happen in one day. It doesn’t happen over a few months. Little by little by little, laws and institutions and bureaucracies and penal codes, textbooks that malign other communities, until you come to the point of having this sort of jihadi culture that is running rampant,” she said.
Describing Pakistan’s journey as “depressing,” Ispahani said that the country she grew up in does not exist today.
Responding to a question on the recent global trend against religious minorities, the top Pakistani scholar said it is shocking that today, countries like the US, which were known as the bastions of liberal democratic intuitions and values towards religious minority populations are now turning into places of hate.