Sikhs urge Fazl to postpone ‘Azadi march’

Say Pak-India peace efforts will suffer if Sikhs refuse to come to Pakistan due to political chaos

Asif Mehmood October 20, 2019
Representational image. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The Sikh community residing in Pakistan has demanded of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to postpone his Azadi march in view of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikh religions founder Baba Guru Nanak.

The Sikh pilgrims are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on October 31.

In November, Pakistan will open the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims to send a message of peace to the world.

Sikh pilgrims coming from Canada, Europe, United States and especially India have expressed security concerns in the wake of JUI-F’s announcement of a march.

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Sikhs have asked Fazl to postpone his movement so that they could peacefully perform their religious rites. They said any political chaos would affect the law and order situation in the country.

Sikh leaders Sardar Satwant Singh, MPA Sardar Mohinder Paul Singh, Sardar Gopal Singh Chawla, Sardar Bishen Singh, Sardar Ameer Singh and others noted that protest is a fundamental right of everyone but in view of the internal situation and their religious rituals, Fazl should postpone his protest.

They said if the Sikhs from abroad refuse to come to Pakistan due to the political chaos, it will be Pakistan’s and not the government’s loss and would dent the peace efforts badly.

Fazl has announced his march on October 31, a date when Sikh pilgrims will also enter Pakistan.

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