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Govt committed to protect rights of Christians: Sidhu

Flays Pakistan for forcing Sikhs to convert into Muslims. Christian leaders express concern over attacks on Christians in India.

punjab Updated: Dec 21, 2017 19:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Muslims,Christian,government
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu (R), Bhisop Franco Mulakkal (C) and member of Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla (L) during state level function held to mark Christmas Day in Amritsar on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal )

Amid reports of alleged threats to Christians over celebrating Christmas in some states of the country, Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday stated that anybody eyeing Christians hatefully in Punjab, will have to lose his or her eye.

Sidhu was addressing a state-level function organised by the state government to celebrate Christmas at the open ground of Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar. Thousands of Christians gathered there under the banner of Masih Mahasabha.

After Christian leaders expressed concern over the alleged attacks on the community members in some states, Sidhu said the Punjab government, led by chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, is committed to ensure the safety of the Christians and won’t let anybody affect their religious freedom.

“Everybody has the right to follow or preach any religion. The right to religious freedom is ensured in the Constitution. Your are our brothers. So, protecting your right is the basic responsibility of our government,” he said, paying tributes of Jesus Christ.

PAK FLAYED FOR FORCED CONVERSION OF SIKHS

Sidhu flayed Pakistan for forced conversion of Sikhs there. “The Sikh community believes in mutual brotherhood. Sri Darbar Sahib has four doors which symbolise that these doors are open for people of all religions, castes and creeds. Pakistan authorities should also protect rights of the Sikhs and stop atrocities against them. The Union government should also take measures and open all diplomatic channels for safety of the Sikhs”.

Interacting with the media on the sideline of the function, he said CM Captain Amarinder Singh, in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari and state president Sunil Jakhar would decide names for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 19:44 IST