Hindu families from Pak seek refuge in India

via http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Hindus-from-Pak-seek-refuge-in-India/articleshow/4239397.cms published on March 7, 2009
AMRITSAR: Stating that they do not
wish to return to Pakistan due to Taliban’s tyranny in the tribal areas, a group
35 Hindus, nearly half of them women, from the neighbouring country have crossed
over to India and asked the government to allow them to settle in the country.

“We were living in Pakistan under extreme fear due to the domination
of a strong group of Taliban who are running a parallel government,” Jagdish
Sharma, a resident of tribal area near Peshawar in Pakistan, said.

Recounting their ordeal, he said “Hindus and Sikh families are not
safe, especially our women. We preferred to migrate in India, at least here in
India we know that our families will be safe.”

The four families
comprising 16 men, 16 women and three children crossed over to India during the
last few days through the Attari check post and later went to Delhi where they
got a one-year visa and permission to stay in Amritsar.

“We strongly
urge the Government of India to allow us to stay here in India permanently,
since we don’t want to move back in that hell where there is no life security,”
said Sharma.

Hardwari Lal, resident of Orkzai nearly 180 km from
Peshawar, said, “I was running my grocery shop there which was forcibly taken
over by the fundamentalists who also took possession of our entire property”.


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