Pakistan Senate panel to investigate reports of Hindu exodus

(ENInews)—President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan on 11 August set up a three-member Senate committee to look into reports that nearly 250 Hindus have migrated to India in two days. The panel is meant “to instill a sense of security” in the Muslim-majority country’s Hindu minority. According to reports, Hindus from troubled Balochistan and Sindh provinces traveled to India on 30-day pilgrim visas granted by the Indian government. But even before entire Hindu families reached the Indian border by train, Pakistani media were reporting that Hindus were leaving to escape harassment and discrimination. [325 words, ENI-12-0474]