JAMMU, Aug 13: Reacting sharply to the remarks of Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khatter, Sikh United Front chairman Sudershan Singh Wazir has said that Sikhs would protect the daughters of Jammu and Kashmir in any circumstances.
Talking to media-persons here today SUF chairman, who was flanked by heads of some other Sikh bodies from the State said, ” We as a community take strong exception to the statement of few leaders from outside the state who have said that after abrogation of Article 370 now they will bring girls from Jammu and Kashmir. Wazir condemned in the strongest terms such derogatory and demeaning statement of people with polluted mindset who have no sense of sanctity of the Indian culture and ethos. The people making such statements have no place in civil society and politics.
Wazir further said that history of Sikhs is replete with their valour and commitment towards the daughters of India and hundreds of years ago when Ahmed Shah Abdali raided India and apart from other loot, kidnapped hundreds of women on his way back, it was only Sikhs who fought him and liberated all those kidnapped women after sacrificing hundreds of lives. This spirit of Sikhism is still alive among all the Sikhs and we will fight till death to uphold the respect of daughters, sisters and mothers of Jammu and Kashmir whether they are Dogras, Kashmiris or Ladakhis.
The SUF leader further added that Sikhs as a community appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain traditional communal harmony in the state and pledged that Sikh community will always act as a buffer between various sections of society to maintain the secular character of the state and the country.
All the Sikh organizations appealed to Govt of India and the State Administration to immediately release the mainstream Political leaders and others. They also demanded the lifting of restrictions on the citizens of the state and also remove the curbs on mobile phones, internet services and the citizens of the state should be allowed to integrate with the rest of the country.
Surinder Singh, Gajan Singh, Mohinder Singh and many others also accompanied.