Sikh community expresses solidarity with Pak cricket team

Shops owned by Sikhs remain closed during Pakistan-India matches, sources say

Ahtesham Khan June 16, 2019
Members of K-P's Sikh community expressing their thoughts in the an Express News forum on Tuesday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: Each and every community in Pakistan, including minorities, desperately waits for India and Pakistan cricket matches. Pakistanis always stand with their players in any field of sports against Indian sportsmen. Similarly, the Pashtun Sikh community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has shown their solidarity with the Pakistani cricket team.

“If our team wins against our arch rivals, we will celebrate their victory and if they fail to deliver we will be beside our team to boost their moral,” said a member of the Sikh community while talking to the media. While talking to The Express Tribune Peshawar the religious leader of the Sikh community in Peshawar and erstwhile Fata Ravinder Singh said that the Sikh community is hopeful about defeating the rival team, India, in the world cup qualifying round.

Whenever there is an India and Pakistan match in any sports event around the world, business activities are low and most of the Sikh community shops remain shut all the day round, local businessman Rajwinder Singh told Express Tribune. Big screens have been installed around the centers of the Sikh community’s premises, while they enjoy the match with other religious brothers in the provincial capital.

“We don’t have words to describe the joy we feel when defeating India in any matches, whether its cricket, hockey or any other sports field.

“The religious scholars of the community would observe special services in the Gurdwaras around the province and especially pray to defeat the Indian team in the world cup match,” Rajwinder Singh added.

Commenting on the matter, minority MPA and Minister for Minority Affairs in the Youth Assembly Baba Gurpal Singh said, “Our hearts beat with Pakistan, we feel happiest on Pakistan’s victory in any games against India.” He also urged Pakistani players to work hard to clinch a victory against our rivals.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2019.


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