JAMMU, Aug 30: J&K State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board (SGPB) and District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committees of the State have strongly condemned the forcibly conversion of minority Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan and marrying her with the youth of majority community.
Addressing a joint press conference, Chairman of the SGPB, TS Wazir ( Ex-MLC) and heads/ members of DGPCs strongly condemned the act of fundamentalist elements in Pakistan for forcibly converting and marrying a minority Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib.
Terming the act as highly reprehensible, Wazir stated that it has given a shock and big jolt to Sikh community world over that too, at the time when the community is celebrating 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and there was an atmosphere of joy and tremendous appreciation for the first ever Nagar Kirtan from Nankana Sahib in Pak to India and opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. But this sad and shocking news has agonized the whole community, he said.
Wazir further said that at a time when the Sikhs in India and elsewhere always remained at the forefront in safeguarding the dignity and honour of the women belonging to different communities during adverse circumstances, even putting their own lives in danger, recent events in J&K are testimony to this and therefore, expect others to reciprocate in the same manner.
SGPB leader called upon the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan who always boast of protecting minorities in the country, to take immediate note of this case and take stern action against the culprits for committing this crime. He also appealed PM Narendra Modi to raise this issue at the international level to expose double standards of Pakistan and repeated acts of Human Rights violations in that country.
DGPC members Jagjit Singh, Fateh Singh, H S Raina and Kuldeep Singh also spoke on the occasion.