PSC warns worldwide protest over desecration of holy book

KARACHI: Pakistan Sikh Council (PSC) has said recent incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Sindh has hurt the feelings of Sikh community all over the world, but no culprit has so far been arrested by the government. If there would be no development in this regard, worldwide protest would be launched.
Speaking at a press conference at Karachi Press Club Sardar Ramesh Singh patron-chief PSC claimed their holy books were frequently defiled in various cities in the country, especially in the Sindh province.
“Since March 2013, around seven incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism, took place in Sindh. They took place at Shikarpur, Panu Aqil, Mehar (Dadu) and in Karachi. The latest attack occurred on May 7 in Madeji Shikarpur,” he told reporters.
After the recent attacks, Sikh community staged peaceful protest at Parliament House, Islamabad before dialogue with PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah, said Sardar Ramesh Singh.
“Five demands were presented before government for which May 30 was set as deadline. If there would be no development in this regard from the government, then we would start protest from Karachi to different cities of Pakistan. Protests would also be held worldwide where Sikh community has representation. Government would be responsible for the protests,” he warned.
Ramesh said people responsible for desecration of the holy book of Sikhs were not arrested nor punished. Responsibility lies upon government’s shoulders to unveil such elements.
We held meetings with Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs Giyan Chand and other members of parliament. However no development could be made regarding the meeting with chief minister Sindh. It feels nobody understands our grievances. It is because lack of interest of government in these incidents. Some miscreants are trying to destroy inter-faith harmony. Sikh community is in state of grieve. “Unfortunately our ‘Gurdwaras’ were not secured. We repeatedly informed the government.”

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