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PIPS Survey Report : Pakistan’s religious minorities believe they are not part of the larger social and cultural mainstream

A research study conducted by Pak Institute for Peace Studies revealed that Pakistan’s religious minorities believe they are not part of the larger political, social and cultural mainstream. The report has tried to understand the lives of religious minorities and their interaction with other communities in Pakistan through a countrywide survey with 327 respondents belonging to Christian, Hindu, Baha’i and Sikh communities from Pakistan’s four provinces. The survey findings also revealed that discrimination against minorities is connected with overall inequality and government inattention. While most of the respondents complained about the lack of effective protection accorded by the state against violence and intimidation, 62 percent of respondents said they did not face faith-based persecution in day-to-day living in society. Meanwhile about 44 percent of respondents were of the view that the laws of the state were discriminatory towards certain minority groups.


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