August 2016 News

Sikhs In Kashmir Forced To Take Part In Stirs: SGPC

9 August 2016
The Indian Express

Amritsar: SHIROMANI GURDWARA Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) has alleged that Sikhs in Jammu & Kashmir were being forced to participate in anti-India protests and raise pro-Pakistan slogans. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, J&K Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ensure the safety of Sikhs living in state. In his letter, Makkar said, 'We have been receiving calls from Sikhs living in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir that the situation in Kashmir has been turning from bad to worse and that Sikhs living in state are in trouble. Sikhs are a negligible minority in Kashmir.' He claimed, 'Sikh associations in Kashmir has informed us over phone that Sikhs are feeling unsafe in Kashmir. Sikhs have being forced to come out of their homes and professions establishments to participate in the protest against India and raise pro-Pakistan slogans. Sikhs have become prisoners in their own homes in Kashmir. They are struggling to buy food and other commodities for their daily needs due to protests and fear.' Makkar said, 'The SGPC had participated in the relief work in Kashmir during floods last year. Sikhs had attempted to provide every kind of assistance to Kashmir during floods. Sikhs should get similar support from Kashmir in this hour of need.' 'We cannot reveal the names of any Sikh body that contacted us for help. It would be damaging for Sikhs living there,' said Daljit Singh Bedi, additional secretary, SGPC.'