Assassination of a well-known Sikh ‘hakeem’ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa induced enormous offense among the Sikh community in Jammu and Kashmir who on March 15, 2014 voiced their apprehension over targeted attacks against members of their community.
President of Guru Manyo Granth Society, Jasdeep Singh, a fusion of Sikh youth organizations in J&K, said in a statement that extremist elements in Pakistan have again started religious persecution of minorities, including Sikhs.
“In the past few months several Sikhs have been killed, or abducted, in many parts of Pakistan, and the government of Pakistan failed to safeguard life, and property, of the Sikh community,” he said. “Minorities in Pakistan, including Sikhs and Hindus, live under the fear of being kidnapped, or killed,” he added.
“Criminals in Pakistan victimize people by using the anti-blasphemy law, and anyone who tries to raise their voice against abduction, or killing, is framed, and booked, under this law,” he added.
On Thursday, Paramjeet Singh, a ‘Hakeem’ from the Sikh community, was killed by anonymous gunmen in Shabqadar, Charsadda area of Dera Ismail Khan.
Just a month ago, two other Sikhs, Anand Singh and Sawrender Singh, were kidnapped from the same area. The location of the two is still mysterious.
Paramjeet Singh, said the lives of Sikhs, and other minorities, are not safe in Pakistan.
“Their historic, and religious, places are being encroached upon by others. We strongly condemn the systematic, and slow, genocide of minority communities of Pakistan,” he added.