SGPC condemns racial abuse of Canada’s Sikh defence minister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2015 17:16 IST

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has condemned the racist attacks on Canada’s newly appointed Sikh defence minister Harjit Sajjan by a non-commissioned officer in the Canadian armed forces.

In a press release issued in Amritsar on Friday, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar described the racist comments as “unfortunate” and demanded action against the offending officer in accordance with the rules governing the Canadian armed forces.

“It is all the more sad that the comments should have come from a serving official of the Canadian armed forces,” Makkar said, while pointing out that Sajjan himself had served in the Canadian armed forces.

“The Canadian Prime Minister chose Sajjan for this important ministry due to his capabilities and the distinction with which he served in the armed forces. Sajjan was elected due to his popularity in his constituency and such comments by an individual won’t affect his popularity,” he added.

Makkar also condemned the recent cases of sacrilege at Chauke village near Rampura Phul and Nangla village near Talwandi Sabo. In a press release issued here, Makkar described the two incidents as “unfortunate” and asked the police to investigate them and arrest the miscreants.

While the torn handwritten pages of the Dasam Granth were found near Chauke, a ‘gutka’ with several pages missing was found at Nangla.

“I call upon management committees of all gurdwaras and Sikhs to be vigilant to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. All this is part of a conspiracy and we have to get to the bottom of it to expose those responsible,” Makkar added.

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