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Hindu lawmakers in Pakistan walk out of Parliament

The lawmakers belonging to Pakistan's minority Hindu community walked out to protest a top judge's remarks that Hindus might be financing terrorist attacks in the country.

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Lawmakers belonging to Pakistan's minority Hindu community walked out of Parliament to protest a top judge's remarks that Hindus might be financing terrorist attacks in the country.
   
Ramesh Lal, a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan People's Party, raised the issue in the National Assembly yesterday, saying the sentiments of an estimated four million Pakistani Hindus were hurt by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif's uncalled for remarks.

While hearing a petition on barring the deportation of Afghan Taliban leaders on Monday, Justice Sharif rebutted arguments by a lawyer that US security firm Blackwater and Hindus were involved in terrorist attacks and remarked that "Muslims and not Hindus are involved in terror acts in Pakistan."

He had contended that Hindus "might be the financiers" of such attacks.
   
Lal said if a country was suspected of sponsoring such attacks it should be named but blame should not be put on the Hindus who were as patriotic as other Pakistanis.

He drew the attention of president Asif Ali Zardari and prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to the worry caused to Hindus by the judge's remarks and appealed to Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the matter.

Some ministers and lawmakers sought to assuage the feelings of Lal but he was not satisfied and walked out of the House.

Lal was joined by other Hindu lawmakers and members of the Awami National Party in the walk out, described as the first protest in parliament against the judiciary.

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