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Harbhajan Singh urges Imran Khan to take necessary action after attack on Nankana Sahib gurdwara

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 January 2020, 13:36 IST

Former Indian skipper Harbhajan Singh on Saturday denounced the vandalism at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province and suggested Prime Minister Imran Khan to do the needful to ensure peace in the region.

Earlier, Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak was vandalised by stone pelters as they laid on a demonstration in opposition to alleged police atrocities on Mohammed Hassan, the man accused of forcing a Sikh girl to convert and marry him.


The former Indian cricketer shared a video of Hassan on social media threatening to pull down the holy Sikh shrine and transform it into a mosque.

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"Don't know what's wrong with some people why can't they live in peace...Mohammad Hassan openly threatens to destroy Nankana Sahib Gurdwara and build the mosque in that place...very sad to see this," Harbhajan said.

"God is one...let's not divide it and create hate among each other's...Let's be human first and respect each other's...Mohammad Hassan openly threatens to destroy Nankana Sahib Gurdwara and build the mosque in that place. Imran Khan please, do the needful," he added.

"members of the minority Sikh community" had been "subjected to acts of violence" in Nankana Sahib, the Minister of External Affairs claimed.

"These reprehensible actions followed the forcible abduction and conversion of Jagjit Kaur, the Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

"India strongly condemns these wanton acts of destruction and desecration of the holy place." The Indian government also called upon the government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community.

"Strong action must be taken against the miscreants who indulged in desecration of the holy gurudwara and attacked members of the minority Sikh community," the MEA said.

"In addition, government of Pakistan is enjoined to take all measures to protect and preserve the sanctity of the holy Nankana Sahib Gurdwara and its surroundings."

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First published: 4 January 2020, 13:36 IST
 
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