HHR mentioned that this was an almost exact replay of events in what is now Bangladesh, where the Pakistan military in 1971 also specifically targeted the leadership and intellectuals of the Bengalis to be liquidated. Solicitor Jas Uppal spoke on the situation of Indian citizens arrested as spies for crossing the border, many held incommunicado, or for years or decades beyond their original unjust sentences. Lynn Julius spoke on the elimination of Jews in Pakistan, and the ongoing anti-semitism in Pakistani society despite the almost complete absence of Jews in the country.
It should be remembered that with legislation such as the blasphemy laws which are used to settle old scores and petty squabbles, and the deliberate murder of those seen as enemies of the state such as medical workers trying to eradicate polio, it is the majority in Pakistan who suffer. Nevertheless this claustrophobic and deadly environment is especially hard on Hindus and other minority groups. It is time that the nations espousing democracy, human rights and equality took notice and realise that one of their much touted frontline states in the war against terror, is enforcing very real terror and state approved murder upon millions of its own citizens just because they fall into that amorphous category of being ‘different’.
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