All about Sindhi People living in Pakistan
In case you don't know, there are Hindu Sindhis as well as Muslim Sindhis in Pakistan. Pakistan is officially a Muslim country. Hindus and Christians are a minority in Pakistan. Unfortunately, minorities or non-Muslims are not very happy in Pakistan. Let alone non-Muslims, even Shia and Ahmadi Muslims are not considered equals in Pakistan and are persecuted in the name of religion.
Every now and then there are reports in the newspapers that Hindu Girls are being kidnapped and forcefully converted to Islam. They are then married to Muslim Boys. This is really disturbing because
due to this more and more Hindu Sindhis are being converted to Islam and the population of Hindus is decreasing even more. There were 13% Hindus in Pakistan at the time of Partition in 1947 while now the population of Hindus is only 1.5% of the total population.
Unlike India, where minorities are given special incentives, Pakistan does not provide any special incentives. In fact, Minorities are treated like second-class citizens in Pakistan. Their life is very difficult as compared to a Sunni Muslim Pakistani.
There are also reports that they target Hindu or Christians for Blasphemy i.e Dishonouring Islamic literature etc and give them severe punishment, sometimes they also lynch them.
The fundamentalists are against the education of Girls, one famous incident happened a few years ago when they shot a 13 Year Girl Malala Yousafzai for promoting education among the girls of the Swat region which is near the Afghanistan Border. This case became internationally famous and the girl was saved. Malala is a Noble Prize winner and she is now a prominent Activist in UK and Canada. She works through her website Malala.org
Sindhis are a little bit more safe in some parts of Pakistan where there is a considerable population of Sindhis. These areas are mainly in Sindh Region. Umerkot district (52.15%) is the only Hindu-majority district in Pakistan. Tharparkar district has the highest population of Hindus. 50% of the Sindhis live in these four districts Umerkot, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas, and Sanghar.
Sindhis feel unsafe in big cities like Karachi or Lahore. They face discrimination in all aspects of social life. They are not considered equal by Pakistani Muslims and are not given equal opportunities in Jobs as well as business.
A few years ago one Sindhi person from Umerkot visited us, he told us that the Sindhis are very happy in Pakistan. They have a better life than even Indian Sindhis because business is very good in Pakistan. It is a fact that the most valuable thing for a Sindhi person is Business. Sindhis from Sindh are mainly involved in Rice Business and Basmati Rice of Pakistan is famous all over the world.
All in all, Sindhis are a very peaceful and totally adaptable Community. They can adjust to almost any kind of atmosphere or climate or among any kind of people. All they want is a peaceful life and a good Business.