Pakistani Hindu Dr. Birbal Genani, a former senior director of health at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and an eye specialist, was shot and killed by unknown assailants while returning home from his clinic near Layari in Karachi, Sindh.
Dr. Genani and his female assistant Dr. Quratul Ain were traveling to Gulshan-e-Iqbal when their car was targeted near the garden interchange on the Lyari Expressway.
Dr. Birbal Genani died on the spot, while his assistant sustained bullet injuries. The police have launched an investigation into the murder, which the SSP City Arif Aziz has called a “target killing.” The assailants managed to easily flee from the scene after carrying out of the attack.
The reason behind the murder is currently unknown, and authorities are recording the assistant’s statement.
Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori and Provincial Minority Affairs Minister Gian Chand Esrani have ‘taken note’ of the incident and requested a report regarding it from the additional inspector general of Karachi police.
Dr. Birbal and his daughter Dr. Sapna Kumari also did their MBA together two year ago.
On the same day, thousands of Pakistani Hindus held a massive protest demonstration outside Sindh’s provincial assembly against forced conversion, abductions of minor Hindu girls & other forms of persecution of Hindus and other minorities.
There is a long history of Hindu doctors and other accomplished professionals being targeted in Pakistan, a Muslim-majority nation which demonizes minorities in an institutionalized manner starting from school textbooks.
A few weeks back, Hindu dermatologist Dr. Dharamdev Rathee was murdered in Sindh by his Muslim driver on the eve of the Holi festival. Prior to that, one Dr. Daulat Ram was brutally assaulted in Thatta district of Sindh. In January, Dr. Harchand and his brother were attacked in Mirpur Khas. In June last year, Dr. Chetan Kumar was attacked and his clinic vandalized. In 2020, Dr. Lal Chand Bagari of Tando Allahyar, Sindh was murdered by slitting his throat. In 2019, veterinarian doctor Ramesh Kumar was targeted by Islamists in Mirpur Khas over a trumped up blasphemy charge. In 2016, Dr. Pritam Das Lakhwani was murdered while seeing patients in his clinic named ‘BISMILLAH CLINIC’ located in Karachi, Sindh. In 2011, 3 Pakistani Hindu doctors – Ashok Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Ajeet Kumar – were gunned down in Chak town, Sindh province on Eid-ul-Adha because one of them had demanded a fee for treating an influential local Muslim.
Recently, Hindu shopkeepers were also assaulted in Sindh for “allegedly violating the Ramzan ordinance,” – in one case, a dhaba owner was humiliated and his religion mocked by a police officer.
In news just in, Sikh businessman Dayal Singh was shot dead on Friday at 3 pm by armed men on a motorcycle in Peshawar’s Dir Colony area. About 15,000 Sikhs are said to still live in Peshawar, mostly in the Jogan Shah neighbourhood, although thousands have fled fearing for their lives. In September last year, a well-known Sikh ‘hakeem’ (Unani medicine practitioner) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen inside his clinic in Peshawar. In 2018, Charanjit Singh, a prominent Sikh community member, was killed by unknown men in Peshawar. Similarly, news channel anchor Ravinder Singh was killed in 2020 in the city. In 2016, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf National Assembly member Soren Singh was also killed in Peshawar.
Yet, despite this brutal persecution of Sikhs in Pakistan, the vocal Khalistani supporters among the Sikh diaspora overseas never utter one word against the Pakistani state, because their entire movement is conceptualized and promoted by the Pakistan Army-ISI.
Pakistan is a bandit country. Gun violence is prevalent. Minorities are under dire threat of their survival. Enforcement of law & order is slack. Many criminals escape legal action by applying surreptitious means.