Sikhs won’t leave Kashmir: SGPC
Srinagar, Aug 25: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar has appealed to the Kashmiri Muslims to come forward and restore confidence of the Sikh community.
Addressing a press conference here the SGPC president, Sardar Avtar Singh Makad said the unclaimed threatening letters to Kashmiri Sikhs was a move to pit Sikhs against Muslims. “Under a deep rooted conspiracy certain vested interests are hell bent for migration of Kashmiri Sikhs. But they (Sikhs) will not leave. Kashmir belongs to Sikhs and they are part of it,” Avtar said. He said till the confidence was not restored, the Sikh community would feel scared here. “It is the responsibility of the Muslim Community to restore the confidence among Sikhs,” he said.
He said a five member delegation of SGPC met several separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who pledged full protection to Sikhs. He said Geelani Sahib assured safety of Sikhs and told him that the evil designs of some vested interests were trying to harm the ongoing struggle by giving it different colour.
Avtar said Mirwaiz underscored the need of Muslim-Sikh Coordination Committee in every district for the communal harmony between the two communities. “Coming Friday Mirwaiz will appeal to the people to form the coordination committee for the welfare of the both the communities,” he said.
Avtar said on August 23, the committee apprised Prime Minister about the demands of Sikhs in J&K. “I appealed him to provide adequate security to the Sikhs in Kashmir” he said.
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