South Asia and Beyond

What Has Relief Got To Do With Religion? A Lot, If You’re In Pakistan

KARACHI: Even at the best of times, it’s tough being part of a minority community in Pakistan. The Chinese virus pandemic that has affected over 1800 people in India’s western neighbour hasn’t blurred the administrative indifference towards Hindus and Christians. In the narrow bylanes of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and the country’s financial nerve centre, minorities say rations are being distributed by the administration and NGOs but only to Muslims. There’s a lockdown and police don’t allow us to venture out; how do we earn? what do we eat? aren’t we citizens of Pakistan? —  these are some questions they are asking. No answers yet.

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