Published: January 4, 2020 9:31:55 pm
A day after the historic Gurdwara Nanakana Sahib in Lahore was desecrated in a mob attack, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday condemned the “unwarranted and unprovoked” incident. Expressing dismay and concern, she referred to as upon the federal government to instantly take up the problem with Pakistan and make sure the security of pilgrims and enough safety for the shrine to stop any future attack.
“The government should press for immediate registration of case, arrest and action against the culprits,” she mentioned in a press release.
Meanwhile, Pakistan rejected “claims of destructions” on the historic shrine and referred to as media reviews “false”. The Pakistan Foreign Office in a press release mentioned there was a scuffle within the metropolis of Nankana Sahib on Friday between two Muslim teams and the district administration instantly intervened and arrested the accused.
“Attempts to paint this incident as a communal issue are patently motivated. Most importantly, the gurdwara remains untouched and undamaged. All insinuations to the contrary, particularly the claims of acts of ‘desecration and destruction’ and desecration of the holy place, are not only false but also mischievous,” the Foreign Office mentioned.
It mentioned the Pakistan authorities was dedicated to upholding regulation and order and offering safety and safety to the folks, particularly minorities. It added that the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor is a manifestation of Pakistan’s particular care prolonged to the minorities, in line with the imaginative and prescient of the nation’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The police Friday mentioned a gaggle of individuals, led by the household of a Muslim man who married a Sikh teenager, held a day-long sit-in outdoors the gurdwara to protest the arrest of their family who had been held for alleged compelled conversion of the lady.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex physique which manages Sikh shrines, will ship a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take inventory of the scenario. Strongly condemning the attack, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal appealed to the Pakistan authorities to take strict motion towards the culprits.
“We strongly condemn the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and appeal to the Pakistan government to take stringent action against the culprits and also ensure safety of Sikhs living there,” Longowal mentioned.
“We will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take stock of the situation there,” he mentioned, including that the delegation would additionally meet Sikh households in Nankana Sahib. “The delegation will also meet Pakistan’s Punjab Governor and Chief Minister.”
On Friday, the External Affairs Ministry mentioned that members of the minority Sikh group in Pakistan had been subjected to acts of violence on the holy metropolis of Nankana Sahib. The ministry mentioned reprehensible actions adopted the forcible abduction and conversion of a Sikh lady who was kidnapped from her house within the metropolis of Nankana Sahib in August final 12 months.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had on Friday expressed concern over the mob attack on the Nankana Sahib gurdwara.
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