Kashmir Sikh body urges Sharif to ensure safety of gurudwaras in Pak

Srinagar: The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has asked the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif to “rein in extremist elements” and ensure that no damage is caused to the gurudwaras in the country.
In a statement here Sunday, APSCC chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina said that although majority of the people in Pakistan take care of gurudwaras, “there are some elements who have in recent past carried out attacks on some of the gurudwaras.”
Raina said that APSCC has written to Delhi GurudwaraPrabandakh Committee (DGPC) to lodge a complaint of attacks on gurudwaras and desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Sindh (Sheikhupura and Karachi) with Pakistan PM who is arriving in New Delhi on Monday to take part in swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi.
Raina said representatives of 20,000 Sikhs living in Pakistan have already lodged their complaint and shown resentment to the Pakistan parliament. He said that after assurance from MPs and many other leaders including Imran Khan, chairman Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the Sikh leaders have decided to wait for the Pakistan government in this regard.
“We want the Pakistan Prime Minister to speak on this issue during his visit to India so that the members of Sikh community across the globe are satisfied. We appreciate government of Pakistan for keeping Sikh historical shrines and gurudwaras in good shape and up to our satisfaction and never allowed any element to sabotage these places of religious importance,” said Raina.
The APSCC has appealed the Sikh community to remain vigilant as some elements are trying to provoke the Sikhs for disturbing the communal harmony in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Committee has condemned the incident of Poonch where authorities were forced to impose curfew following escalation of communal tension.
The APSCC has demanded that police should not shield the culprits and swift action needs to be taken against them.
Meanwhile, Harcharan Singh Khalsa, Pradhan of Poonch has appealed people from all religions to maintain age-old relations and brotherhood at all costs in the border district. He said everyone in the district is worried on this incident involving a Sikh girl and registered protest with government.

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