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The Hindu activists, on this National Minorities Day, assembled at Lahore’s Faisal Square in Karachi to protest against Mithoo's forceful Islam conversion of Hindu girls

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Kolkata, August 23, 2016: The symbol of terror, Mian Mithoo is making headlines for past few weeks and there is a reason why the Hindus in Pakistan fear him!

Not many are aware that Pir Abdul Haq is better known as Mian Mithoo- is the former leader of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) and a Muslim cleric. He is the one behind kidnapping Hindu girls and forcibly converting them to Islam.

Apart from forcefully converting Hindus to Islam in Pakistan, there are several other cases registered against him. He is also accused of the murder of a Hindu boy and a doctor on August 6. Apart from that, a few years ago, a case was filed against his name by Rinkle Kumari’s family, one of the Hindu residents of Pakistan, that Mian Mithoo supported the girl’s abduction.

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To mark protest against forceful Islamic conversion, thousands of protesters had come down to the streets with banners that said #ArrestMianMithoo, Stop forced conversion of Hindu Girls and others- the crowd was full of Hindu activists and Hindu groups of Pakistan, who had assembled at Lahore’s Faisal Square in Karachi and Islamabad on National Minorities Day, in Pakistan.

Ghotki District Mian Mitho of Daharki. Image source: Youtube
Ghotki District Mian Mitho of Daharki. Image source: Youtube

This protest was not confined within the boundaries of Pakistan and got spread across the world. Hindu communities in the places like– Toronto, Houston, and New York had shown their outrage and had protested against the same, mentioned Zee News.

Mian Mithoo who belongs to an influential family in Pakistan’s Sindh province is also accused of kidnapping teenage girls, especially who are under 18, and forcefully getting them married to their respective kidnappers so that they can be converted to Islam.

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Even after numerous protests, Mian Mithoo is still strong in his place, denying the facts that have been alleged against him. It has been known from a source, that according to him, “The girls who come to us are mature. Within hours of their arrival, we call their parents so they can talk to their daughters- offer them come meet them. If the girls still refuse to go, as Muslims we then provide them protection.”

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But, the Hindu activist Kapil Dev used the social media to gain support in this issue denied the statement by Mr.Haq. He questioned why all those girls of Hindu families, around the province, used to meet Haq, but not any other Muslim cleric, mentioned a leading news portal.

President of the Pakistani Hindu Council, Mr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani also went against the declaration made by Mithoo. Expressing deep despair, he said that these forceful conversions and kidnapping have become the biggest problem in Pakistan and this is the reason, Hindus are leaving Pakistan.

Finding no way out of this situation, the Hindus in Pakistan are left with one question- “Where to go?”

– prepared by Riashe Chakraborty from NewsGram. Twitter: @itzriashe

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Taliban And The U.S. Set To Meet in UAE

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan 17 years ago and the war with the Taliban has since killed nearly 150,000 people, including Afghan civilians

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U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, talks with local reporters at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2018. VOA

A Pakistan-arranged meeting between U.S. and Taliban officials will be held Monday in the United Arab Emirates to push a political settlement to the war in Afghanistan.

The special representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, will lead the U.S. team at the talks in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the gulf state, a senior Pakistani official privy to the development confirmed to VOA on Sunday.

The official, requesting anonymity, said Islamabad has facilitated the dialogue after President Donald Trump wrote to Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this month seeking his cooperation in bringing the Taliban to the table for peace negotiations.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a brief statement sent to VOA, has confirmed participation of its political negotiators in Monday’s meeting with American officials, but said that representatives of the host country, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia will also be in attendance.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Nov. 21, 2018. VOA

Initially, it was Khan who disclosed on Friday that Pakistan-aided talks between U.S. and Taliban officials would take place on December 17, though he would not say where.

The Pakistani prime minister, while speaking in the northwestern city of Peshawar, explained his country has agreed to assist in Afghan peace efforts because Washington has changed its position by requesting help, instead of saying Islamabad is not doing enough, as U.S. leaders have previously insisted.

A spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday hailed Khan’s remarks and support for a political reconciliation in the war-ravaged neighboring country.

“The United States welcomes any actions by the Pakistani government to promote greater cooperation, including fostering negotiations between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and other Afghans,” the spokesperson told VOA.

“Special Representative Khalilzad has met, and will continue to meet, with all interested parties, including the Taliban, to support a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan,” noted the U.S. embassy official.

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, right, head of the Taliban’s political council in Qatar, takes part in the multilateral peace talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, Nov. 9, 2018. VOA

 

In his speech on Friday, Khan said that if peace were achieved in Afghanistan, his country will be the immediate beneficiary in terms of security, economic stability and regional connectivity.

Khalilzad, is visiting regional countries to gather support for Afghan peace talks. He is 14 days into an 18-day visit to the region and has already visited Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belgium.

Since taking office in September, the Afghan-born U.S. special envoy has held two meetings with the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgent group operates its so-called “political office.”

But those talks have been for the sake of talks, say insurgent and Pakistani officials.

Demands, accusations

Pakistani officials privy to Khalilzad’s interaction with the Taliban have told VOA that until now no progress has been achieved because the insurgents adamantly demand “a date or timeframe” for all U.S. and NATO troops to withdraw from Afghanistan before the Taliban decides to participate in an intra-Afghan peace process.

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Security forces inspect the site of a deadly blast in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 12, 2018. VOA

 

Washington has long maintained Taliban leaders are sheltering in Pakistan with covert support from the country’s intelligence agency. Washington has been urging Islamabad to use its influence to bring the insurgents to the negotiating table.

Pakistani officials say their influence over the Taliban has significantly declined over the years because the insurgents have gained control over large areas of Afghanistan and continue to pose serious battlefield challenges for U.S.-backed Afghan security forces.

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The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan 17 years ago and the war with the Taliban has since killed nearly 150,000 people, including Afghan civilians, security forces, insurgents and more than 2,400 American soldiers, according to an American University study released recently.

The longest war effort in U.S. history has also cost Washington nearly one trillion dollars. The Taliban has expanded its insurgent activities and currently controls or hotly contests about half of Afghanistan. The conflict is said to have killed more Afghan civilians and security forces in 2018 than in any other year. (VOA)