Sikhs protest attacks on religious sites, desecration of holy book

ISLAMABAD: Dozens of baton-holding protestors from the Sikh community pushed past the front gate and entered the grounds of parliament on Friday, protesting recent attacks on their houses of worship.

 

Sikhs from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had gathered outside parliament to protest against what they claimed was the alleged desecration in Shikarpur of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh community.

Sikhs are a tiny minority in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, with most of them living in the southern Sindh province.

Senior police officer Aftab Cheema said the Sikh leaders were also protesting against several attacks on their worship places in Sindh.

 

 

 

Sikhs are a tiny minority in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, with most of them living in the southern Sindh province.

Senior police officer Aftab Cheema said the Sikh leaders were also protesting against several attacks on their worship places in Sindh.

The protestors demanded that the minority community be given protection to practice their religion. They demanded that the government register all their religious sites and places of worship, similar to mosques, and install CCTV cameras for surveillance and security.

The Sikhs briefly staged a sit-in on parliament’s lawns, police said, before government representatives – which included PML-N lawmakers Syed Zafar Ali Shah and Ramesh Kumar – held negotiations with them.

 

                                                                           

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