Islamabad: Hindus are not migrating to India and giving up their Pakistani citizenship, said a committee that was formed to look into reports of mass migration of the minority community.

It recommended that those behind conversion of Hindu girls should be exposed regardless of their party affiliation.

"It's in no way migration. It's not easy to get Indian citizenship. People are settling in countries like UAE, Canada, UK or America but they have not given up their Pakistani citizenship. They have left for greener pastures," according to sources Dawn quoted on Monday.

President Asif Ali Zardari had formed the committee after a large number of Hindus began to migrate to India.

Members of the community fled Sindh blaming the law and order situation and fear of forcible conversions.

The committee recommended that elements behind the forced conversion of Hindu girls  be exposed regardless of their party affiliation; whether they happened to be from the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and they should be denied tickets in next elections also, the committee suggested.

The source said that a kidnapping case should be treated as genuine till the girl makes a final statement in court.

"She must be accessible to her parents so that they could talk to her and likewise her husband should also meet her because if it appears to be a genuine case of conversion and love marriage then no power on earth can restrain the girl from expressing her free will," he was quoted as saying.

The committee recommended that the girl should be kept at a neutral place until she appeared in court.

"We need to end the sense of alienation among Hindus who are responsible citizens of the state like Muslims and, therefore, they shouldn't be discriminated against for any reason. They pay taxes and abide by the law still they feel discriminated.

(Agencies)

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