SHAFAQNA – Mithi is one of the few towns in Pakistan where Muslims do not form the majority. Hindus and Muslims have lived in this town together like brothers since the creation of Pakistan. Approximately 80 percent of the population is Hindu, it is a town where Muslims, out of respect for Hindus, do not slaughter cows; and where Hindus, out of respect for Muslim rites, have never organised any marriage ceremonies or celebrations during the month of Muharram.
Mithi also happily participate in providing food and drinks for Muslims during Ramadhan, and both groups exchange sweets on Eid and Diwali. The crime rate in Mithi is at two percent and never has anyone witnessed any incident of religious intolerance.
A Muslim resident of Thar shared his account by saying:
“In our village, Hindus and Muslims have been living together for decades and there has not been a single day, when I have seen a religious conflict. No loud speaker is used for Azaan at the time when Hindus are worshiping in their temple, and no bells are rung when it is time for namaz. Nobody eats in public when it is Ramadhan and Holi is played by every member of the village.”
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