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India said members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan have been subjected to acts of violence at the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji … reports Asian Lite News

 by . India strongly condemned vandalism at the revered Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and called upon the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of the Sikh community there.

The External Affairs Ministry said members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan have been subjected to acts of violence at the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

“We are concerned at the vandalism carried out at the revered Nankana Sahib Gurdwara today,” the statement said. “Members of the minority Sikh community have been subjected to acts of violence in the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. These reprehensible actions followed the forcible abduction and conversion of Jagjit Kaur, the Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year.

“India strongly condemns these wanton acts of destruction and desecration of the holy place. We call upon the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community. Strong action must be taken against the miscreants who indulged in desecration of the holy Gurudwara and attacked members of the minority Sikh community. In addition, Government of Pakistan is enjoined to take all measures to protect and preserve the sanctity of the holy Nankana Sahib Gurudwara and its surroundings.”

 

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to intervene in the issue and protect the Sikh community and the revered Gurudwara.

“I appeal to Prime Minister Imran Khan to immediately intervene to ensure that the devotees stranded in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib are rescued and the historic Gurdwara is saved from the angry mob surrounding it,” the chief minister said in a Tweet.

Lord Rami Ranger also condemned the attack on a Sikh holy place in Pakistan.

“The Pakistani government should ensure the protection of the Holy site and ensure the safety of the minority community,” said Lord Ranger. “The international community should come forward to protect the minorities in Pakistan.”

Kidnap Gang

The 19-year-old daughter of the Sikh priest at Nankana Sahib was kidnapped in August last year. The girl, Jagjit Kaur, released a video stating that she has married a Muslim man and converted to Islam of her own volition. However, her family alleges an influential Muslim family had kidnapped her on gunpoint.

Enraged over the incident, Pakistan’s Sikh community has set up a 30-member team to take up the issue with the government. Punjab province too has formed a high-powered committee headed by provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat to engage with the Sikhs’ committee.

Further read:

No Room for Minorities in Imran’s Naya Pakistan

The Fate of Minorities in Pakistan

 

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