Pakistan summons Indian envoy over allegations of Sikh community's maltreatment

10:41 PM | 7 Jan, 2020
Pakistan summons Indian envoy over allegations of Sikh community's maltreatment
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ISLAMABAD - Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwaliawas summoned by Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on Tuesday to convey Pakistan’s strong rejection of baseless and fabricated Indian allegations concerning the Sikh community.

The director general conveyed Pakistan’s strong denouncement of the Indian government’s motivated and mischievous allegations of “attack”, “vandalism” and “desecration” at the holy Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and “targeted killing” of a Pakistani Sikh youth in Peshawar, as part of its desperate attempts to divert attention from the continuing state terrorism in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) and systematic discrimination against minorities in India, said a press release issued by the foreign office.

The DG (SA&SAARC) underscored that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to all its citizens and the Government is committed to protecting the rights of minorities, with zero-tolerance against any discrimination.

It was emphasized that rather than pointing fingers towards others, India should focus on ensuring effective protection of its own minorities and their holy places of worship, including mosques, from repeated instances of desecration, hate crimes and mob lynchings.