People of all faiths in India protest against attacks on Nankana Sahib Gurdwara

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The attack on the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan has triggered protests among members of all communities in India.

While several Sikh groups were to protest outside Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi on January 4, to condemn the attack, several Muslim organizations also condemned the attack and called for protests across the country. Leaders of BJP and Congress condemned the attack. Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue with his Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan since Sikh minorities in Pakistan were feeling extremely unsafe and insecure. Several members of BJP also protested against the attack in New Delhi. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also condemned the attack and asked centre to take up the issue with Pakistan.

On Friday, the Gurdwara was attacked by a huge Muslim mob while Sikh devotees were stuck inside the shrine, India Today reported. The mob that had gathered outside raised communal and hateful slogans against the minority community and pelted stones on the shrine, videos circulated on social media showed, the report said.

India has called upon Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure safety security and welfare of the Sikh community.

SGPC sends 4-member committee to Pakistan

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body which manages Sikh shrines, will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take stock of the situation following a mob attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.

Strongly condemning the mob attack on the historic Sikh shrine, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal on January 4 appealed to the Pakistan government to take strict action against culprits.

“We strongly condemn the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and appeal to the Pakistan government to take stringent action against the culprits and also ensure safety of Sikhs living there,” Longowal said on January 4.