Hindus were Denied Food Supplies in Karachi Amid Coronavirus: Fact Check


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Hindus Denied Food Supplies in Karachi Amid Coronavirus

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Amid Coronavirus in Pakistan, Hindus were denied food supplies in Karachi

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Hindus were denied ration amid COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan

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Some messages and pictures are doing rounds online claiming Pakistan Denied Food Ration Supplies to Hindus in Karachi amid Coronavirus outbreak. Yes, it is a fact and explained here.

Hindus Denied Food Supplies in Karachi

In late March 2020, amid Coronavirus lockdown, Sindh Government in Pakistan issued an order to distribute food ration through local NGOs and administration to daily wage workers and laborers. Consequently, thousands of poor people gathered at Rehrri Ghoth in Karachi to receive the food supplies and daily essentials. However, Hindu residents did not get their fair share of the ration. Reportedly, the distributors told the Hindu community to go back saying they are not eligible for having food supplies. They also said the rations were only meant for Muslims.

Hindus in Lyari, Sachal Ghoth and other parts of Karachi as well as all over Sindh areas met with similar fate in Pakistan. The Hindu minority community was again denied a share in government food and rations. Above is a brief report of ABP News Hindi on the inhuman incident. On the other hand, nearly 3,000 people gathered to collect the rations in Karachi and there was no screening as Coronavirus cases increase in Pakistan.

Criticism

A political activist Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza warned the minorities are facing a serious food crisis. Further, he urged the Indian government to send supplies via Rajasthan to Sindh. He also appealed to Indian Prime Minister Modi to look into the matter without delay and avert a humanitarian crisis in Sindh. For your information, more than half a million Hindus live in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa condemned the incident showing discrimination on the basis of religion. He said it is against the basic Human Rights principle and added minorities would die of hunger in Pakistan. He also requested Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure the well-being of Hindus and Sikhs during the Coronavirus crisis.

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