Chandigarh, Aug 14 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has urged the Jammu and Kashmir government to take effective and immediate administrative measures to protect the life and property of the members of the minority, Sikh community in the state.
Concerened about the explosive situation in the neighbouring state, Mr Badal had a telephonic conversation with Governor N N Vohra. He urged the Governor to take effective steps to instill a sense of security amongst the Sikh community.
Mr Badal also spoke to the former J&K Chief Minister Farukh Abdullah in this regard and urged him to take steps to bring about peace in the state. He told Dr Abdullah that the Sikhs had been living peacefully in J&K for centuries and had contributed immensely to the development there.
Mr Badal said that the community had played a very meaningful role in creating an atmosphere of peace and communal harmony amongst the people of J&K.
The Punjab Chief Minister is also in touch with leaders of various communities in J&K. He told these leaders that Kashmir was traditionally an oasis of peace, communal brotherhood and human understanding and it was unfortunate that a situation had been allowed to be created which has disturbed age-old bonds amongst Kashmiris professing different beliefs.
Member Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal has appealed for peace and communal harmony in the valley and in Jammu. SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has also called for taking steps to ensure safety of Kashmiri Sikhs.
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