PAKISTAN - THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Before 1947 the Jewish community in Pakistan felt reasonably secure under British rule. Within a year of independence, however, the Pakistani government revoked the community's rights, denying Jews political representation. Following the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, violent incidents occurred against Pakistan's small Jewish community, which numbered approximately 2,000 Bene Yisrael Jews. The synagogue in the former capital, Karachi, was set alight and Jews were attacked. This resulted in the large-scale emigration of the community, mostly to India. In the early 1950s an estimated 250 Jews remained in Karachi."