No one can pretend that in India there have been no regrettable communal incidents since the Agreement was signed. What can be claimed is that, in spite of the poisonous propaganda by the Muslim League prior to the partition and by Pakistan after it, the Government of India and the State Governments have tried their best to adhere to the principle and purpose of secular democracy. Many idependant authorities, including several Islamic states, have acclaimed the gradual but increasing success of this policy.
In Pakistan on the other hand, the treatment of minorities leaves them as only second-class citizens, serving as targets for periodic, officially mass attacks on their life, honour and property. Thousands of communal incidents have taken place in the two wings of Pakistan on most of which the Government of India and the state Government concerned have had to lodge protests with the Pakistan authorities, though in vain. The squeeze is put on helpless minorities to force them to flee to India and in the process to seize their property, to molest their women and subject them to forced conversion. There are hardly any minorities left in West Pakistan, and, already, nearly five million inhabitants, including Buddhists and Christians, have been forced out of East Pakistan. Discrimination is exercised against minorities in employment, business and rent remittance a s a matter of policy, and their immovable properties are requisitioned or acquired by force. They are also subject a systematic and discriminating denial in passport and visa facilities. This was the situation during the partition period.
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