Tamils in Pakistan

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There is a small community of Tamils in Pakistan. Some Muslim Tamils migrated from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and settled in Karachi after the independence in 1947. These Muslim Tamils have integrated with the Urdu speaking Muhajir community. Although there also some Tamils that have been since early 20th century when Karachi was developed during the British Raj. There are also Sri Lankan Tamils that arrived during the Sri Lankan Civil War and these Tamils are mostly Hindus.[1][2] The Madrasi Para area behind the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre is home to 100 Tamil Hindu families. The Maripata Temple was located in this neighborhood demolished by a builder[3]. The temple was the biggest Tamil Hindu temple in Karachi.[4] In addition, Drigh Road and Korangi also have a Tamil population.[1] There are also a small number of Tamil Christians in Karachi.[5]

The Catholic community also has a number of Tamils within its ranks. Emmanuel Nicholas, the schoolteacher of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, was a Sri Lankan Tamil and Victor Gnanapragasam, Bishop in Quetta are among the distinguished Tamil Catholic community of Pakistan.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Shahbazi, Ammar (20 March 2012). "Strangers to their roots, and those around them". The News. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ Sunny, Sanjesh (21 September 2010). "Tamil Hindus in Karachi, Pakistan". Pakistan Hindu Post. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help) Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. ^ "100-year-old temple demolished in Pakistan, angry Hindus ask govt to arrange tickets to India". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ Sacred festival: Hindus celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi pooja in Karachi
  5. ^ Fernandes, Donna (6 February 2017). "In Pakistan's most violent city, the Virgin Mary from south India brings together Hindus, Muslims, and Parsis". Quartz India. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ Bishop Gnanapragasam UCA News