New Delhi/Peshawar : Two days after the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan”s Punjab province was attacked by a Muslim mob, a member of the Sikh community, Ravinder Singh, was murdered in #Peshawar by ”unknown” gunmen, reports Outlook India.
Sources based in Peshawar told IANS that Ravinder Singh was the younger brother of a local journalist Harmeet Singh.
A businessman in Malaysia, Ravinder was in Peshawar to shop for his wedding in February, Harmeet told the media.
Anguished by the murder of his brother, Harmeet added that “without minorities, no country can flourish and progress. Pakistan is beautiful because of minorities but each year, we end up carrying the dead on our shoulders”.
Pakistan, he said, gets massive funds from several countries to protect minorities.
“But there is no protection. That”s why I am here to carry my dead brother”s body today. I won”t rest until the Pakistani government books the murderers of my brother,” he added.
Religious minorities especially Sikhs in Pakistan have already been complaining of insecurity and fear since the attack on the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru.
Indian government slams Pakistan over Sikh youth’s killing in Peshawar
New Delhi : India on Sunday slammed Pakistan over the killing of a Sikh youth in Peshawar, days after the attack on Nankana Sahib Gurdwara by a Muslim mob, and conversion of a minor Sikh girl after her abduction, reports The New Indian Express
“India strongly condemns the targeted killing of minority Sikh community member in Peshawar that follows the recent despicable vandalism and desecration of the holy Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib and the unresolved case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
The MEA has asked the Imran Khan-led Pakistan government to take immediate actions to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators. “India calls upon the Pakistan government to stop prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts,” the statement said.
It also lashed out at the Pakistani government for interfering in India’s internal affairs. In fact, in a tweet on Sunday, Imran Khan veered towards criticism of the Narendra Modi-led government while condemning the Nankana Sahib incident.
The MEA said, “The government of Pakistan should act in defence of their own minorities instead of preaching sermons about it to other countries.”
#Peshawar hash tag is trending and many are condemning this attack
Below are few tweets from the trend,
Sikh youth murdered by 'Namaloom Afraad' (#ISI?) In #Peshawar . Silent message to Pak minorities…#NankanaSahibAttack#forcedconverions of Sikh, Hindu, Christians girls are ground realities in Pakistan. And somebody's
'Yaar Dildaar' @ImranKhanPTI is silent on this. Ecosystem too https://t.co/Vf8hPWkh68
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) January 5, 2020
S. Ravinder Singh, One More Sikh killed by Pakistanis in Peshawar, Pakistan. @narendramodi Ji @AmitShah Ji I request Govt to raise this issue on International Level,Amend CAA & offer Citizenship to all Sikhs & Hindus of Pakistan who want to to India to save their life & Religion pic.twitter.com/cuwspMClZN
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) January 5, 2020