Members of the minority Sikh community have been subjected to acts of violence in the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev. Giving this information a media release from the Ministry of External Affairs mentioned its strong concern over the acts of vandalism carried out at the revered Nankana Sahib Gurdwara on Friday.
As sources mentioned the angry mob of residents had stormed the shrine earlier in the day. The group was led by the family of a boy who had allegedly abducted a Sikh woman who is the daughter of the gurdwara’s paathi.
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.
The Indian Governemtn has called 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 immediately intervene to “ensure that the devotees stranded in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib are rescued”.
Also it is learnt that Pakistan had in August formed a high-level committee to negotiate with a 30-member team formed by the Sikh community in connection with the case of the abduction of Kaur. The police identified the suspects and traced them to Lahore, detaining one of them. Three people involved in the incident received anticipatory bail, while two are absconding.