Hundreds of angry Muslim residents of Nankana Sahib pelted stones on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib on Friday. The mob, as per initial reports, is being led by the family of Mohammad Hassan, the boy who allegedly abducted and converted Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur, who is the daughter of the gurdwara’s granthi.
Here is the video calling on the elimination of Sikhs from Nankana Sahib and renaming Sri Nankana Sahib:
Manjinder Singh Sirsa posted on the incident:
By Friday at 7 pm, reports coming out of Pakistan said that the mob had surrounded the gurdwara and were threatening to destroy it.
In a video, recorded at the site of the protest, the protesters were seen saying that they were against the presence of the gurdwara there. They say they will soon change the name of the place from Nankana Sahib to Ghulaman-e-Mustafa.
Video of the attack:
“No Sikh will remain in Nankana,” the protesters can be heard saying.
Another video of the incident:
Chief Minister of Punjab in India Capt Amarinder Singh has requested Pak PM Imran Khan to intervene in the matter. “Appeal to @ImranKhanPTI to immediately intervene to ensure that the devotees stranded in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib are rescued and the historic Gurdwara is saved from the angry mob surrounding it,” Amarinder Singh tweeted.
The situation remained tense as many Sikh devotees were stranded inside the Gurdwara, while many others of the community could not come for prayers.
Here is a video the mob pelting stones:
The angry mob at the gurdwara is being led by Mohammad Hassan’s brother, who has claimed that Hassan has been beaten up mercilessly by the authorities for lawfully and consensually marrying the girl. The family claims that the Sikh girl, now known as Ayesha, has refused to convert back despite the pressure.
“I have been beaten by police authorities many times on orders of the minority minister and others. These Sikhs have been pressurizing us to send the girl back to them. But that will never happen because she is a Muslim now. She does not want to leave my brother or Islam. We will stand by her side and protect her,” said the brother of Hassan
Arnob Gousami on the incident:
India Today TV spoke to the local Sikh community, who said that the family of Muhammad Hassan has led the mob because we have been asking for the return of Jagjit Kaur.
Sukhbir Badal reacted to the attack:
We have been asking Governor Punjab and others to help us get Jagjit Kaur back to her family. This mob has targeted us because of the same reason. The brother of the Muslim boy is leading this mob. They have been pelting stones at the Gurdwara for hours now, said a local Sikh in Nankana Sahib.
We have asked the authorities to help us, he added.
Sources at the ground have told India Today TV that local police and Pakistani Rangers have started arresting the protesters to quell the situation. As per details, a case will be registered against Hassan’s family by the Sikh community.
The incident comes a day after Sikhs celebrated Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti on Thursday.
Nankana Sahib, a district in Pakistan’s Punjab province with a namesake gurudwara, assumes importance for Sikhs as their first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev was born there in 1469.
India condemns vandalism of gurdwara
Ministry of External Affairs has issued a statement condemning the vandalism of the Holy Sikh shrine. “We are concerned at the vandalism carried out at the revered Nankana Sahib Gurdwara (in Pakistan) today. Members of the minority Sikh community have been subjected to acts of violence in the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji,” the ministry statement said.
“India strongly condemns these wanton acts of destruction and desecration of the holy place. We call upon the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community,” it said.
Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs issued the following statement:
“January 03, 2020
We are concerned at the vandalism carried out at the revered Nankana Sahib Gurdwara today. Members of the minority Sikh community have been subjected to acts of violence in the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. These reprehensible actions followed the forcible abduction and conversion of Jagjit Kaur, the Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year.
India strongly condemns these wanton acts of destruction and desecration of the holy place. We call upon the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, security, and welfare of the members of the Sikh community. Strong action must be taken against the miscreants who indulged in desecration of the holy Gurudwara and attacked members of the minority Sikh community. In addition, Government of Pakistan is enjoined to take all measures to protect and preserve the sanctity of the holy Nankana Sahib Gurudwara and its surroundings.
January 03, 2020“