Islamabad, May 19 (ANI): Amnesty International has taken notice of life threats to Member of Sindh Assembly, Saleem Khursheed Khokhar for his call for Hindu women and girls to be protected from abduction and forced conversion to Islam, and has called for urgent action from the public.
Amnesty International has urged the public to write to relevant authorities including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, and Sindh Inspector General Police Mushtaq Shah, asking for providing Khokhar and his family with adequate security, reports The Express Tribune.
Khokhar said he had written to senior government officials about the failure of the police to investigate the threat. He said the handful of security guards assigned to him by authorities are too few and may not have been adequately vetted to ensure they bear no animosity towards him.
Late last month, Khokhar had presented a privilege motion in the Sindh Assembly against the SHO Clifton for not registering an FIR against people who have reportedly been sending him threats via text message.
In his privilege motion, Khokhar had stated that he and his colleague, MPA Pitanber Sewani, had received threatening text messages from an unknown number.
Khokhar said that he received the message following his vocal stance in the Rinkle Kumari case in April, where he had issued statements in the media condemning the 'forced conversion'.I then started receiving text messages which read: 'You should learn from the remarks of Chief Justice, and High Court, only Muslims are allowed to liver here. You should leave the country or you would be responsible for what happens'," Khokhar said.
He also alleged that a Pakistan People's Party MNA from Ghotki, Mian Mithu had started lobbying against him, declaring him to be an Israeli spy and CIA agent.
Khokhar added that he was still receiving threats and there was real fear for his life.ANI)