An US government organisation has urged Islamabad to ensure that food aid from distributing organisations is equally distributed among all religious minorities in the country. The move comes after reports came that Pakistan is denying food to Hindu and Christian communities amidst the coronavirus.
On Monday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner, Anurima Bhargava said, “As COVID-19 continues to spread, vulnerable communities within Pakistan are fighting hunger and to keep their families safe and healthy, food aid must not be denied because of one’s faith.”
The USCIRF said it is “troubled” by the reports of food being denied to Hindu and Christian communities in Pakistan amidst the coronavirus outbreak in the country. “These actions are simply reprehensible,” Ms Bhargava said.
“We urge the Pakistani government to ensure that food aid from distributing organisations is shared equally with Hindus, Christians, and other religions minorities,” she added.
As per reports, the Saylani Welfare International Trust, a non-government organisation established to assist the homeless and seasonal workers, has been refusing to provide food to Hindus and Christians.
“This is a monumental task laying before many countries. Prime Minister Khan’s government has the opportunity to lead the way, but they must not leave religious minorities behind. Otherwise, they may add on top of it all one more crisis, created by religious discrimination and inter-communal strife,” USCIRF Commissioner Johnnie Moore said.