Sikhs in Kashmir Valley should get equal rights: SGPC to PM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2016 14:22 IST
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar (HT File Photo)

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the rights of Sikhs in Kashmir are not violated.

Addressing a press conference after a Kashmiri Sikh delegation called on him, Makkar said: “Sikhs should be given a minority status so they get equal opportunities.” He also urged home minister Rajnath Singh, who will be visiting the Valley, to meet the Sikhs there and resolve their problems.

President of Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Pulwama, Joginder Singh Shan said ever since Independence, the Sikhs in Kashmir are being ignored by successive governments. “We are neither getting equal opportunities in government jobs nor facilities that a minority community should get,” he said.

Meanwhile, criticising the attacks on the Sikhs abroad, Makkar said the SGPC had prepared a brochure to educate people in foreign countries about the Sikh identity. Soon these brochures will be printed and dispatched to embassies of various countries as the attacks take place due to mistaken identity.

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