Report: Sikh community under threat in Pakistan
11 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
The growing number of atrocities committed against the Sikh community in Pakistan has brought to light Gurpatwant Singh Pannun's bogus assertion that the minority group is "happy" to be living there.
The growing number of atrocities committed against the Sikh community in Pakistan has brought to light Gurpatwant Singh Pannun’s bogus assertion that the minority group is “happy” to be living there.
Global Strat View claims that the episode involving the kidnapping, rape, forced conversion, and marriage of a young Sikh girl named Dina Kaur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has exposed the actual state of the nation’s minority population. When asked by Global Strat View whether SFJ will include Pakistan’s Sikh community in the Khalistan referendum, Pannun responded, “There are 20,000 or 25,000 Sikhs who are living peacefully and they deem Pakistan their home.”
Earlier on September 8, leaders of the Sikh community and organisations from the Pakistan Panchayat directly urged the Sikh community worldwide to join them in their rally in Buner, KP, in support of the release “of our daughter.”
According to Global Strat View, the USCIRF’s 2022 Annual Report claimed that “abduction, forced conversion to Islam, rape, and forced marriage remained serious concerns for religious minority women and children, notably from Christian, Hindu, and Sikh religions.”
A proposed measure to safeguard minorities from forced conversion was shot down by a Pakistani parliamentary committee in October 2021.
Notably, the media reports stated that Pakistani government is deceiving Sikhs and the wider world by keeping just a small number of Gurudwaras throughout the nation, despite the fact that there are hundreds of these historically significant buildings that are being destroyed and desecrated.