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Tuesday Sep 15 2020
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Islamabad registers 'serious concerns' with India over deaths of 11 Pakistani Hindus in Jodhpur

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Eleven members of a Pakistani Hindu migrant family were found dead in district Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. — 

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office summoned Indian Charge d’affaires to register Pakistan’s serious concerns over the mysterious deaths of 11 Pakistani Hindus, including children, in India's Jodhpur District last year in August. 

Eleven members of a Pakistani Hindu migrant family were found dead at a farm in Village Lodta Haridasot, district Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan on 9 August 2019.

According to the Foreign Office's statement on Monday, despite the High Commission for Pakistan's repeated requests in New Delhi for details regarding the tragic incident, the Indian government continued to "evade the issue", saying that it has disclosed only scant information about the case, and has failed to share any substantive details regarding the cause and circumstances of the deaths.

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"The daughter of the deceased head of the family, Shrimati Mukhi, has made highly concerning statements, implicating the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in the murder of her father, mother and other family members, allegedly after the agency failed to convince them to spy on Pakistan and issue anti-Pakistan statements," the statement read.

The Foreign Office underscored that in the interest of justice to the bereaved family and also to ensure the safety and security of other Pakistani nationals in India, it was of utmost importance for the Government of India to be fully transparent about this unfortunate incident.

"It was emphasised that since the victims of “Jodhpur Incident” were Pakistan nationals, it was incumbent upon the Government of Pakistan to be fully aware of the circumstances under which its nationals died in India," the statement read.

The Foreign Office urged the Indian side to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the matter, provide access to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to the surviving member of the bereaved family.

It also asked the Indian side to share copies of the FIR and the initial investigation report, and facilitate the presence of the High Commission for Pakistan’s representatives during the post-mortem of the deceased persons without further delay.