Gurdaspur, Jan.6 (ANI): The confiscation of the land belonging to Sikh Gurudwaras in Pakistan for allotment to the Defence forces to build colonies has caused concern to the Sikh minority. The step is in violation of the Nehru -Liaqat Pact.
The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the premier body of the Sikhs in India, has raised its concern over the violation and blamed the Pakistan government on its failure to provide security and safety to the property belonging to Gurudwaras.
"During partition in 1947, a pact was signed between the then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan's Prime Minister Liaqat Ali that the property of our Sikh Gurus will not be sold to anybody. But the pact has been violated. The other point is that Sikhs are minority in Pakistan and they are being subjugated, which is unfair. Sikhs in all parts of the world are protesting against the selling of lands of Gurudwaras," said Joginder Singh, Secretary, SGPC. I don't think that the Sikhs residing in Pakistan are given permission to uphold their traditions. Recently Roop Singh was accused of being a Sikh spy and cases were filed against him. They have insulted the turban by filing the case. These acts demonstrate that the Pakistan administration is not concerned about the Sikh religion. It should not happen. Through the Indian government we want to appeal to the Pakistan government to protect traditions of our religion. The Sri Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee is ready to give its full support," said Joginder Singh, Secretary, SGPC.
Sikhs in India are worried about the security of their brothers and sisters in Pakistan.
They are also surprised to notice that Radio Pakistan, which is vocal about the minorities in India, has not raised the issue with its own Government and taken up the cause of Sikhs.
The sanctity of the religious places of Sikhs is at stake. The so-called sympathizer of Sikhs in Pakistan; the vocal members of Radio Pakistan, have opted to stay mute and look at other side. (ANI)