New Delhi: Soon after the reports emerged that scores of Muslim residents pelted stones on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, India condemned the vandalism and asked the Imran Khan-led government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of the members of the Sikh community. The Indian government also demanded strong action against the miscreants. Also Read - Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak is Secure Under BSF: Nithyanand Rai
“India strongly condemns these wanton acts of destruction and desecration of the holy place. We call upon the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community”, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Also Read - MEA Expands Passport Services in Punjab After Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor
Reports claimed that the mob, which attacked the Gurudwara was led by the family of Mohammad Hassan, the boy who allegedly abducted and converted Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur, (daughter of the gurdwara’s granthi).
“Strong action must be taken against the miscreants who indulged in desecration of the holy Gurudwara and attacked members of the minority Sikh community. In addition, Government of Pakistan is enjoined to take all measures to protect and preserve the sanctity of the holy Nankana Sahib Gurudwara and its surroundings”, the Indian Foreign Minsitry asserted.
It added,”We are concerned at the vandalism carried out at the revered Nankana Sahib Gurdwara today. Members of the minority Sikh community have been subjected to acts of violence in the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. These reprehensible actions followed the forcible abduction and conversion of Jagjit Kaur, the Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year.”
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to intervene. Taking to Twitter, Singh wrote,”Appeal to @ImranKhanPTI to immediately intervene to ensure that the devotees stranded in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib are rescued and the historic Gurdwara is saved from the angry mob surrounding it.”
Besides, Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, shared a video of the incident on his official Twitter handle, wherein an angry mob can be seen shouting anti-Sikh slogans outside the Gurdwara.
“Live footage from Nankana Sahib where an angry Muslim mob is outside Gurdwara Sahib and raising anti-Sikh slogans… I urge Imran Khan to take immediate action on such communal incidents that are increasing the insecurity in the minds of Sikhs of Pakistan,” Sirsa tweeted.
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal also took to Twitter to vent out his anger over the incident.He also requested PM Modi to raise the issue with Imran Khan urgently.
“Mob attack on Gurdwara Sri NankanaSahib, birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev ji, is a despicable act and I urge PM Narendra Modi to take it up with Pak PM Imran Khan. We have to ensure the safety of Sikhs in Pakistan and I trust that the govt will address the issue on priority,” SAD chief tweeted.
Furthermore, he said that, in the interest of justice, the Pakistan government should also act against chief instigator.
Demanding quick and exemplary action against those who were targeting the Sikh community and disrespecting the Sikh religion, he said that the entire Sikh world had been shaken by the heinous incident and the Pakistan government should take appropriate steps to reside the faith of the Sikhs in the rule of law.