A bulletin, entitled the “World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Pakistan: Hindus”, says:
“One of the country's principal and primary constitutional documents, the Objective Resolution of March 1949 makes provision for non-Muslims to freely profess and practice their religion, and this tolerant spirit is reflected in the provisions of the 1956, 1962 and the 1973 constitutions. However, despite the presence of these constitutional guarantees, the Hindu community both prior to and even after 1971 has been a continual target of suspicion and has often been treated as a fifth column. Political expediency has allowed Hindus to be treated as scapegoats for the general incompetence of governments in power.”
Hindus today constitute a small fraction, about 1.2%, amounting to 1.96 million, of total Pakistani population. Many apprehend that by 2015, this ratio will drop down to almost 1%, as very many existing Hindus will have to accept Islam to avoid persecution or death or leave Pakistan altogether.