Gurdwaras in Pakistan could be the next Taliban target after Sunday’s deadly attack on a Peshawar church that killed 85 people, the Pakistan government said on Wednesday.
In view of the threat, the interior ministry asked the provincial home departments to beef up security at all gurdwaras under their jurisdiction. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif also instructed to double security at religious shrines and temples, including the Darbar Sahab in Lahore and the Panja Sahab at Hassan Abdal.Security at missionary schools countrywide will also be increased.
According to the Nation, a Lahore-based daily, the government of Punjab province has directed the commissioner of Lahore division to provide protection to sacred Sikh shrines especially Nankana Sahib.
Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met delegations from different religious communities and asked for inputs to devise a protection plan. The interior ministry also asked provincial governments to seek cooperation of religious scholars and NGOs to safeguard the shrines.