Several thousand members of the Hindu faith in Pakistan on Thursday gathered in Islamabad to stage a protest against the killing of 11 members of a Pakistani Hindu family in the Indian city of Jodhpur last month, local media reported.
According to unofficial figures, around eight thousand Hindu community members, led by MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar, reached Islamabad from Tharparker, Thatta, Karachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and other parts of the country in a caravan of 150 vehicles.
The protesters were present at the Constitution Avenue and determined to stage a sit-in in front of the Indian High Commission. According to the organizers of the protest demonstration, arrangements have been made for the protesters to stay in various marquees in the federal capital during the night, Dunya News reported.
The organizers also said that at least six thousand chairs have been placed at the Diplomatic Avenue for the protesters. Police sources said that the vehicles which transported the protesters to Islamabad have been parked at the Convention Centre.
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Eleven members of a Pakistani Hindu family were found dead inside a rented farmhouse in the northwestern Indian city of Jodhpur on August 9. Only one member of the family that belonged to the Bheel community had survived, Indian media reported last month.
Hindu council marches against killings
The Hindu Council on Wednesday carried out a long march from Sukkur to Islamabad against the murders of 11 Pakistani Hindus in India. According to details, a large number of people participated in the march to show solidarity with the bereaved families.
The marchers chanted slogans against Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and also called Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) a terrorist organization. The Hindu community will stage a protest against the Indian government’s behavior in Islamabad on Friday as well.
GVS News Desk with additional input by other sources