“Social media is full of hate speech and abusive language against our Hindu brothers and sisters who are citizens of Pakistan. Hindus and other citizens belonging to religious minorities are sons and daughters of the soil and haven’t migrated to Pakistan from another country. The initiative of Pakistani Hindus is wrongly being linked to India,” the letter said. “Sadly, some Madrassas and renowned political figures have also issued fatwas and provocative statements against building the temple which is a right of the Hindu minority guaranteed in the Constitutions of Pakistan,” Samson said in the letter. “Extremists have visited the temple site and made hateful and provocative videos, statements and have destroyed the foundations which were laid few weeks ago. Samson wanted the government “immediately act against hateful material and statements.” The inter-faith group also sought action against a Muslim cleric who called for all the expulsion of all Christians from Pakistan. In a recent video sermon, Qari Mahmood Qadri, a cleric from Gujarat district, told his supporters that that he can’t stand the sight of a Christian Church. “Christians should not be in Pakistan’s parliament or government departments. Christians shouldn’t have property or churches and they shouldn’t even be in Pakistan. Those living in the country must be kicked out as they are the worst people in the world,” Qadri said. Samson said Christians were Pakistani like everyone else. “I want to tell this cleric that Pakistan belongs to all be it Christians or Hindus or Muslims. It doesn’t belong to any single faith or community,” he said.
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