New Delhi: Pakistan stopped a group of 250 Pakistani Hindus from crossing over to India at Wagah even though they had valid visas. They were told they required security clearances.
Later they were allowed after Interior Minister Rehman Malik warned of conspiracies to defame Pakistan and called for an investigation into reports that a flood of Pakistani Hindus were fleeing to India to escape persecution.
Human rights lawyers say there are 8,000 Pakistani Hindus in India seeking long term residence visas.
Government data shows in the last 10 months 400 Pakistani Hindu families have arrived in India. In 2011 only around eight to ten Pakistani Hindu families would come.
The Hindu presence in Pakistani has dropped from 15 per cent during Partition to 2 per cent now.
Clearly, this is one area where urgent India Pakistan confidence building measures are required.