Under the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, the Pakistan government has allowed the Minority communities of Pakistan to publish their religious books for the students of those communities to read and study. The communities included in this list are Sikhs and Christians. The Government of Pakistan, however, deliberately overlooked the biggest minority community in the country: The Hindu Minorities.
Speaking on allowing the Christian and Sikh community to publish their religious textbooks for students to learn from, Chairman of Pakistan Minorities Teachers Association (PMTA) Anjum James Paul stated that this decision will enable the minority students to learn about their religion in schools that now are studying Ikhlaqiat (ethics).
Accordingly, the chairman of the PMTA asserted that the books would go to publishing soon. The government will also introduce these books as part of the curriculum in government and private schools. However, in these proceedings, the minority communities like Hindus, Buddhists, Parsees, Kalash and Bahai do not have permission to publish their religious textbooks.
The decision of the government of Pakistan is raising questions. The government of Pakistan has actively supported Sikh revolts in the Indian region of Punjab. The Pakistani government is also facilitating training and terrorism attacks in the area. While India is experiencing a renewed wave of demands from pro-Khalistan activists, the intelligence agency of Pakistan ISI is urging the government to show sympathy to the Sikh community in Pakistan.
The timing of the government’s allowances concerning publishing religious textbooks raises several questions. Experts believe the gesture is a part of Pakistan’s strategy to fuel terrorism in India. Under the said strategy, Pakistan authorities transport drugs (heroin), arms and ammunition to fuel the Khalistani movement.
The Pakistani government is trying to divert the Sikh community in their favour. For this reason, they are deliberately overlooking the Hindu community by barring them and seeveral other religious minorities from printing their religious books.