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Balochistan's 27 Hindu families seek asylum in India

Twenty-seven Hindu families from Pakistan's Balochistan province have approached the Indian High Commission here for political asylum after a series of kidnappings and killings that targeted the minority community, an official has said.

Saeed Ahmed Khan, a regional director for the federal Human Rights Ministry, made the revelation while addressing a seminar on the unrest in Balochistan in provincial capital Quetta on Sunday.

“As many as 27 Hindu families from Balochistan have sent applications to the Indian [High Commission] for asylum in India,” Mr. Khan said.

In the latest incident targeting the minority community in Balochistan, unidentified men abducted 82-year-old spiritual leader Maharaja Luckmi Chand Garji and four of his companions on Wednesday.

Three of the men were freed later though Garji is yet to be traced.

This was a matter of “great concern” and the government should take immediate measures to improve the law and order situation in Balochistan, Mr. Khan said.

According to the Human Rights Ministry's statistics, there has been widespread violation of rights and abduction for ransom in Balochistan.

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