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Pak condemns beheading of Sikh, says will step up security

world Updated: Feb 23, 2010 14:21 IST

Condemning the beheading of two Sikhs by Taliban militants in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said his government would do whatever it can for safety and security of the miniority community.

"We are equally concerned. We condemn that strongly. They (militants) are inhuman. They have (make) no distraction between individuals, ethnicities or religions regardless," Qureshi, who is on a visit to Beijing, told reporters.

Asked whether Pakistan would step up security for Sikhs and other minorities in view of the incident, Qureshi said Pakistan has always gone out of its way to welcome Sikhs.

"We will do whatever we can for their security and want them to visit Pakistan," he said.

"We understand that they have some interests in Pakistan because the religious holy sites we have. Because of that they love to come to Pakistan love to visit Lahore and Punjab.

"They speak the same language and are good friends. We have lot of commonality. We try to improve facilities to facilitate them and improve the conditions of the sites," the Foreign Minister said.

Two Sikhs who were kidnapped for ransom were found beheaded by the Pakistani Taliban in the country's restive tribal belt on Sunday. Some more members of the minority community are still in the custody of the rebels.