December 19, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: In the wake of an alleged forced conversion of the Sikhs by a government official in Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtun agency, the Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up with Pakistani authorities.
Expressing concern over reports that the Sikhs in Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province had complained of such conversion, the Chief Minister maintained that the Indian government was duty-bound to ensure that Sikhs in any part of the world are not victimized or coerced in any manner.
Pointing out that the Sikhs, which had been living in the area for more than a century, was reported to have filed an official complaint to the district deputy commissioner, Amarinder Singh said it was a serious issue, especially considering that the forced conversions were allegedly being spearheaded by a government official.
It was the responsibility of the Indian authorities to intervene in the matter and ensure that the said coercion is brought to an end, said the Chief Minister, adding, “We are duty-bound to protect the identity of Sikhs, wherever they may be living.”
Captain Amarinder said the Ministry of External Affairs pursue the matter at the highest levels in Islamabad so that this `religious torture’ is brought to an immediate end. Religious freedom is the right of every human being and should be upheld by all countries in the larger interest of humanity, he added.