India Pakistan Spar over Desecration of Nankana Sahib Gurudwara
Pakistan’s Chargé d’affaires, Syed Haider Shah was summoned on 06 January to lodge strong protest at the recent acts of vandalism and desecration of the holy Gurdwara Sri JanamAsthan at Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, and the targeted killing of minority Sikh community member in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
India also shared strong concerns raised by members of civil society, parliamentarians and others at the continued persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan, including the recent despicable and heinous acts.
Government of Pakistan was called upon to ensure safety, security, and welfare of the members of the minority communities in Pakistan, including their places of worship, and take immediate measures to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of such despicable and heinous acts to justice.
On 05 January, India strongly condemned the targeted killing of minority Sikh community member in Peshawar that followed vandalism and desecration of the holy Gurdwara Sri JanamAsthan at Nankana Sahib and the unresolved case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur.
India called upon the Government of Pakistan to stop prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts.
A number of holy sites for the Sikhs are in Pakistan Punjab given the united Punjab province before the partition.
Apart from the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, also known as Gurdwara JanamAsthan, is a site near Lahore in Pakistan where the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak, was born and vandalism has taken place.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had condemned the vandalism at the Nankana Sahib, saying it goes against his “vision” and the government will show “zero tolerance” against those involved in it.
India has called upon the Pakistan government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of the Sikh community there.
The incident supports the Indian government claims for Citizenship Amendment Act wherein it has proposed to give citizenship to minorities that have been persecuted in Pakistan amongst other neighbouring countries.