Pakistan: Sikhs threaten to go on protest if demands not met

Pakistan Sikh Council warned of a countrywide protest if their demands for security are not met.

KARACHI: The Sikhs warned of protests across the country if the government does not accept their demands.

“We have presented our demands to the government and if they are not accepted by May 30, then we will start protesting in Karachi,” said Sardar Ramesh Singh, the chief patron of the Pakistan Sikh Council while speaking at the Karachi Press Club.

Their demands include providing Hindu temples and Gurdwaras with police protection, arrest the people involved in desecrating the holy scripture of Guru Granth Sahib and registration of cases against the miscreants under Section 295-A.

According to the speakers at the press conference, the Sikh scriptures were attacked at a mandir and not a Gurdwara. Since March last year, seven incidents have taken place on temples in Sindh – this includes two attacks which took place earlier this month, one at a temple in Lea Market, Karachi, and the other in Shikarpur. They said that if the temples caretakers cannot look after the scriptures, then they should return them.