Hindu, Sikh IDPs return to Swat

Amongst generally negative news,   there is this bit of positive that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.   We at PakTeaHouse had noted with concern the exodus of Sikhs of Swat under the spectre of Taliban rule.  Now with the Pakistan Army having won decisive victories, we note that Pakistani citizens from Hindu and Sikh faiths are beginning to return to Swat.  Daily Times reports:

First convoy of Hindu, Sikh IDPs returns to Swat

ISLAMABAD: The rights of minorities, including Hindus and Sikhs, living in the country will be protected at all costs, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP) Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi said on Thursday. “Today, I am very happy to see the Hindu and Sikh Pakistanis displaced by the operation in Malakand division returning to their homes,” he said during a ceremony held at Panja Sahib Gurdwara, Hassanabdal to see off the first convoy of Hindus and Sikhs returning to Swat. Hashmi said he was honoured at being the custodian of Hindu and Sikh worship sites in Pakistan, adding that he would not only protect the rights of minorities but would also provide all possible facilities to Sikh Yatrees in accordance with the instructions of the president and the prime minister. The chairman said he had been responsible for allocating a substantial amount of funds on decorating religious places of minorities. app