Human shield to protect Hindus celebrating Holi in Pakistan

Human shield to protect Hindus celebrating Holi in Pakistan

A member of the NSF describes the union as a "progressive leftist organisation" dating back to the NSF of the Ayub Khan era.

Pakistani students today formed a human shield for Hindus celebrating Holi at a temple here to protect and show solidarity with the minority community.

 

The National Student’s Federation (NSF) formed the shield at Swami Narayan Temple as part of an attempt to promote interfaith coexistence and cooperation among different religious and ethnic groups.

 

A member of the NSF describes the union as a "progressive leftist organisation" dating back to the NSF of the Ayub Khan era.

 

"When we showed solidarity with Shias at the Imambargah… it’s only fair that as a group, we extend the same courtesy to all Hindus in Pakistan who face a lot of persecution of different kinds," General Secretary NSF FawwadHasan was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

 

Hasan cited the desecration of Hindu temples, forcible religious conversion of girls and suppression of culture and religious practices as reasons for showing solidarity with and protecting Hindus.

 

"We are not religious fundamentalists who take religion into our own hands, that is not what we do," Hasan said.

 

"Society as a whole has to show change and be a part of that change. If you don’t stand up for someone else’s rights today, tomorrow you will also be targeted and there will be no one to stand up for your rights," he added.