New Delhi: India strongly condemned Sunday the ‘targeted killing’ of a minority Sikh community member in Pakistan’s Peshawar.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Pakistan should stop ‘prevaricating’ and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.
“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 MEA said in a statement.
It said the government of Pakistan should act in defence of their own minorities instead of ‘preaching sermons’ about it to other countries. India had earlier Friday strongly condemned vandalism at the revered Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and called upon the neighbouring country to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of the Sikh community there.
The MEA said members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan have been subjected to acts of violence at the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev.
The MEA said these reprehensible actions followed the forcible abduction and conversion of a Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year.
Reports suggested that hundreds of angry residents at Nankana Sahib pelted the Sikh pilgrims with stones Friday.
It should be stated here that two days after the attack on Nankana Sahib Gurudwara, a member of the Sikh community, Parvinder Singh, was murdered in Peshawar by ‘unknown’ gunmen.
Sources based in Peshawar said that Parvinder Singh was the younger brother of a local journalist Harmeet Singh.