Thousands of Sufi shrines, big and small, dot the landscape in rural Pakistan. Each shrine has its own history and associated legends. But the shrine that stands against the dusty green hillocks in Dhoke Sahi Village is unique, both in terms of its past and present. Like other shrines, thousands of devotees have come to…
Hindu pilgrims from India were welcomed in Pakistan
What started off as a humble attempt to provide a counter narrative to extremism and hate speech has turned into a campaign reaching out to hundreds of people through advertisements promoting social and religious coexistence using rickshaws.
Sikandar Chandio was born in the temple he now protects. “This is our fifth generation living on the premises of the temple. I believe it is a sacred place for some people and I don’t want this building to be damaged.”
The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Pakistani Muslim Malala Yousafzai and Hindu Indian Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle against the suppression of children.
Many Hindu shrines over 1000 years old are places of worship for Pakistani Hindus & Indian pilgrims. Recent efforts by land-grabbers to swallow temples was opposed by not just the Hindus but also Muslims and Christians.
“The Baloch and Hindus have been living just like brothers for centuries. We even attend each other funerals. And it is manifest to everyone that the Baloch and Hindus are facing alike problems.”
A night full of bhajans, sufi songs and qawwalis is what NGO Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust planned for New Year’s eve while bringing a message of peace, interfaith harmony and dialogue for peaceful coexistence.
Shah Hussain is one such mystic who is still fondly remembered by millions of ordinary Punjabis four centuries after his death.
“It’s pleasure to serve the alive and the dead. Islam teaches me co-existence and peace.” – Baloch, Muslim caretaker
Muslims recited Quran while minority Hindus chanted hymns from Gita. They gathered on river Indus amid the country’s worst disastrous floods.
Around 200 mosques have been repaired, rebuilt or built from scratch with the help of Sikhs & Hindus in the last 10 years.