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Sushma Swaraj to take up issue of ‘forced conversion’ of Sikhs to Islam with Pakistan

India on Tuesday said it will take up with Islamabad reports that some members of the Sikh community were forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 19, 2017 17:48 IST ]
Sushma Swaraj to take up issue of ‘forced conversion’
Sushma Swaraj to take up issue of ‘forced conversion’ of Sikhs to Islam with Pakistan

India on Tuesday said it will take up with Islamabad reports that some members of the Sikh community were forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she would take this issue at the highest level with Pakistan.

Earlier today, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had taken to Twitter, informing Swaraj of the alleged forced conversions, urging her to take up the matter at the highest level with Pakistani authorities.

“Request @SushmaSwaraj ji to take up this issue with Pakistan. We cannot allow the Sikh community to be victimised in such a manner.

It’s our duty to help protect the Sikh identity and the @MEAIndia should pursue the matter at the highest levels,” he wrote.

According to a Pakistani media report, members of the Sikh community in Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province told Deputy Commissioner Shahid Mehmood that Assistant Commissioner Tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan was allegedly forcing Sikhs to embrace Islam.

Farid Chand Singh, who filed the complaint, was quoted as saying that community members were living in the area since 1901 and peacefully with Muslims. He said residents of Hangu district had never harmed the Sikh people.

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