Imran Khan stated that “Nanakana Sahib is untouched and safe”
Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday rejected reports that Gurudwara Nanakana Sahib near Lahore was desecrated by particular groups. It is considered as one of the most holy Sikh websites.
Foreign Office at a midnight announcement said the provincial authorities in the Punjab province have advised that there was a scuffle in town of Nankana Sahib on Friday between two Muslim groups.
Attempts to paint this episode are motivated. Most importantly, the Gurudwara remains untouched and undamaged. All insinuations to the contrary, especially the claims of acts of desecration and destruction and desecration of the holy place, aren’t just untrue but also mischievous,’ said the FO.
The opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is a manifestation of Pakistan’s special care expanded to the minorities, consistent with the vision of this Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, it said.
According to some press reports, a mob attack took place. The reports indicated that hundreds of angry residents at Nankana Sahib pelted the Sikh pilgrims with stones on Friday. India’s External Affairs Ministry said members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan have been subjected to acts of violence in the sacred city of Nankana Sahib.
‘India condemns these wanton acts of desecration and destruction of the holy location. We call upon the government of Pakistan to take immediate actions to guarantee safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community,’ the MEA said in a statement. ‘Strong action must be taken against the miscreants who indulged in desecration of the sacred Gurudwara and assaulted members of the minority Sikh community,’ it stated.
The MEA reported the reprehensible activities followed the forcible abduction and conversion of a Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year.
In a tweet, Singh appealed to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure that the devotees stranded at the gurudwara are rescued from the mob.