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October 23, 2016: Hindus form the largest minority group of Pakistan with a population of about 7 million. But many times we hear news of forced conversion of Hindu girls, the acts of vandalism against Hindu temples.

In 2014, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the formation of a National Commission on Minorities to promote religious harmony in the country. The Pakistan Hindu Council had proposed that an active committee should be established at the federal level to prevent these violent incidents against the minorities.

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A 400 million project is set to be launched in Pakistan’s Sindh province to protect Hindu temples, churches and gurudwaras against the constant arson attacks, the media reported on Friday according to IANS.

According to a report by IANS, the government has Pakistan is all set to launch a 400 million project in Pakistan’s Sindh province for the protection of Hindu temples, gurudwaras and churches.

Special assistant to Chief Minister of Sindh, Khatumal Jeewan, said, “This project will greatly enhance the level of security at places of worship. The project involves setting up a modern surveillance and monitoring system at each place of worship using multiple video cameras installed at strategic locations around it.”

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The project will mainly spend the amount on the purchase of surveillance cameras that will be installed at the holy places of Sindh.

The project was in line after continuous attacks on Hindu temples in Pakistan. On Mrach 15, 2014, a Hindu temple was desecrated and set on fire by unidentified persons in Larkana. Few days later on 28th, another Hindu temple was attacked by arsons in Hyderabad, Sindh. These attacks were done to fan flames of riots in Sindh.

According to a report by Sindh Police, there are 1,253 places of worship belonging to the minorities of Pakistan including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. There are 703 Hindu temples, 6 gurudwaras and 523 churches. 21 of such places of worship belong to the Ahmadi community. All these places will be getting massive security enhancement. Nearly 2,310 policemen have been deputed to guard these holy places.

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The Pakistani statue books have laws that have been laid down for the desecration of religious places. But the enforcement depends on the community and their will to make these laws work. One can only hope for the ceasing of the attacks on Hindu temples and other acts of intolerance against the minorities in Pakistan. Only time will tell if these hopes are fulfilled or not.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?