PSGPC raises Sikh lady’s abduction case with authorities


GS Paul
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 20

The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) has intervened within the alleged abduction and forcible conversion of the faith of a younger Sikh lady.  

Taking cognisance of the incident, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has sought the intervention of Union External Affairs Ministry to deliver justice to the lady and her household.

Nonetheless, the PSGPC officers together with the lady’s relations met Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri within the presence of Punjab’s Minister for Minority Affairs Ijaz Alam Augustine and chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Dr Aamir Ahmad, and apprised them of disappearance of the lady.

Talking to The Tribune over telephone, the PSGPC president Satwant Singh advised that the lady had gone lacking from her father’s home situated close to the Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, a metropolis in Attock district of Punjab province in Pakistan.

“The federal and provincial ministers and officials had assured us that she would be reunited with her family,” he stated.

When requested concerning the ‘seriousness’ of Pakistan authorities on this matter preserving in view the leniency that was adopted in an earlier similar incident, he stated, “We have faith in Pakistan authorities that justice would be done.  The police have launched a hunt for the missing girl. Our endeavour is to recover the girl and ensure that exemplary punishment be given to the guilty ones. We are constantly in contact with the district police officer of Attock for the latest updates on the situation,” he stated.

Meanwhile, a case was registered towards an “unknown abductor” instantly after the lady’s father had filed a grievance.

It was the lady’s father Pritam Singh, a granthi in Gurdwara Panja Sahib, who revealed the incident on social media that her daughter was lacking for the previous ten days. In his message, he had feared the forcible conversion of her faith.

At the second, it could be untimely to substantiate that the lady has transformed to a different faith. This can solely be confirmed as soon as she comes out to report her assertion.

 



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