The Government of India has strongly condemned the incident of sabotage at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, the holy site of Sikhism in Pakistan, and demanded the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to protect the Sikh community.
On Friday evening there were reports that Gurdwara Nankana Sahib was pelted in Pakistan. According to reports, the angry mob surrounded Gurudwara Nankana Sahib.
According to news agencies, the mob was being led by the family of a boy who had allegedly abducted the daughter of an employee of the gurdwara.
The Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India issued a statement on the incident, writing, "We demand Pakistan to take immediate steps to protect the Sikh community. India condemns the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib."
After all what happened in Nankana Sahib?
After a minor quarrel in the Punjab city of Nankana Sahib in Pakistan on Friday, a fierce mob demonstrated outside the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib for nearly four hours.
This demonstration started when a quarrel at a milk and curd shop caught fire and an old incident in that area was combined to try to give religious color.
It is noteworthy that in August last year, a Sikh family of Nankana Sahib accused six people of abducting their 19-year-old girl Jagjit Kaur and forcibly converting and marrying a Muslim boy.
However, the police later said that the girl had lodged a statement in front of the magistrate in a Lahore court under section 164, that 'he accepted a boy named Muhammad Ehsan after accepting Islam according to his will without any pressure. Is married
Punjabi Sikh Sangat Chairman Gopal Singh Chawla was present at the gurudwara at the time, he told Azam Khan of BBC Urdu that a raging mob of young people damaged the gurdwara gate.
According to Gopal Singh, around 20 people were present inside the gurdwara at that time, including women and children.
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At the same time, Pakistan's Home Minister Ejaz Shah who himself comes from this area told BBC correspondent Shahzad Malik that an attempt was made to give religious color to a personal quarrel.
He said that the person who is seen shouting slogans in the video has religious tendencies. According to him, a handful of people were demonstrating while there were large numbers of spectacles. He said that no action has been taken on this matter so far.
While Gopal Chawla reported that the district Nankana Sahib's police arrested two of them, after which the family of Muhammad Ehsan, who allegedly abducted the girl, first staged a protest in a city square and later moved to the gurdwara. .
Later, in order to keep the people inside the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib safe, the police released the arrested people, after which the process of demonstrations ended.
Gopal Singh says that 'Today the birthday celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh are beginning in this Gurdwara Nankana Sahib'.
In response to a question, he said that the police and administration have done all the work to strengthen the security of the Sikh community, it would not be right to present it as a religious issue.
He told that 'this was a demonstration against the police arrests of a family. However, we demand that a case of religious insult should be filed against those who harm the gurdwara gate.
What did the Pakistan Punjab government say
Pakistani Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chauhan told the BBC that sometime back he had a talk with DC Raja Mansoor of his area and according to him the situation is now under control there.
He also told that the matter started with a personal feud. He told that 'a boy named Muhammad Ehsan had allegedly abducted a Sikh girl, his uncle has a milk-curd shop on which his brother also works. On the shop, a person complained of a fly in curd, after which a quarrel took place and police information was reached which arrested the uncle and nephew. After which both of them have given it religious color. "
He said that 'Now the boy's father has apologized to the administration'.
According to Fayyaz ul Hasan Chauhan, India and the Indian media want to divert attention from the Citizenship Amendment Act and Kashmir by giving a wrong color to this matter.
What happened in India
At the same time, Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab state of India has appealed to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to intervene in this matter.
Amarinder Singh wrote in a tweet- "I appeal to Imran Khan to intervene immediately in this matter and evacuate the trapped devotees there. Also save the historic gurdwara".
Akali Dal MLA from Delhi Manjinder Singh Sirsa has tweeted a video of this incident in which a crowd is shouting anti-Sikh slogans outside the gurdwara.
He wrote in the tweet, "I urge Imran Khan to take immediate action regarding such communal incidents which create a feeling of insecurity in the minds of Sikhs living in Pakistan."
Why is Nankana Sahib special?
Nankana Sahib is located in Pakistan, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
This place is about one and a half hours away from Lahore.
Every year a large number of Sikh devotees from all over the world visit the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara.
Particularly, devotees gather at Nankana Sahib on the occasion of the festival of light on the birth anniversary of Shri Govind Singh, the tenth and last Guru of Sikhism.
This year, Prakash Parv was celebrated on January 2, for which Sikh devotees from far and wide came to Nankana Sahib.
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