Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has urged the Pakistan government to take effective steps for safeguarding the lives and property of Sikhs residing in that country.
In a release issued here on Friday, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar condemned the recent killing of a Sikh shopkeeper by the Taliban in the Khyber province of Pakistan. He pointed out that members of the minority community were being targeted to instill fear in their minds so that they migrate to other areas of Pakistan, leaving their homes and business establishments which could be then taken over by Taliban supporters.
Makkar said that the Sikhs in the North West Frontier Province were virtually at the mercy of the Taliban. The government must ensure their safety as they are bonafide citizens of that country, he added.
Meanwhile, members of the UK Sikh Council met SGPC executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta and held discussions with him on problems being faced by Sikhs in different countries. They discussed the 'turban ban issue' in France and hate attacks on Sikhs in different countries after being mistaken as terrorists.
The SGPC and the UK Sikh Council agreed to work together closely on problems being faced by members of the community in different countries, particularly those related to their religious symbols.