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Jammu shuts against persecution, abduction, killing of Sikhs and Hindus in Pak, severe protests everywhere.

Posted by hinduexistence on February 25, 2010

Jammu observes bandh over beheading of Sikhs in Pakistan

Jammu, Feb 23 (PTI)
Tuesday, February 23, 201

Amid burning of tyres and protests by the Sikh community, a bandh was being observed here on Tuesday, in protest against the beheading of two Sikhs by Taliban in Pakistan’s restive tribal belts.

Members of Sikh community shouts slogans during their Jammu bandh  called to protest against the attack on Sikh community in Pakistan, on  Tuesday.PTIThe call for the bandh was given by Jammu and Kashmir Sikh United Front (JKSUF) and supported by BJP, VHP, JKNPP, Jammu Bar Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry besides social organisations.

Sikh protestors, led by Convenor of JKSUF Sudershan Singh Wazir, blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for over four hours in Gangyal and Jammu areas, burnt tyres at Digiana, Camp and other places on highway and resorted to anti-Taliban slogans and demonstrations in the city.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in maximum places of the city and private vehicles were partially off the roads.

As per reports, the bandh was also observed in Poonch, Reasi and R S Pura districts. There was no reports of any untoward incident during the bandh, a police spokesman said.

“We condemned the attack on Sikhs in Pakistan. The beheading incidents are brutal. Sikhs are unsafe in the area and Pakistan Government has failed to provide them security,” Wazir told reporters here.

Two Sikhs who were kidnapped for ransom were found beheaded by the Pakistani Taliban in that country’s restive tribal belts of Khyber Agency and Aurakzai Agency on Sunday. Some more members of the minority community are still in the custody of the rebels.

Opposition PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti today condemned the beheading incident and asked the Pakistan government to provide security to the minority Sikhs in that country.
“It is a heinous crime and all of us are condemning this incident,” she told reporters in the Assembly.

Member of the Legislative Council, Bashir Ahmed Magrey too condemned the incident, saying Pakistan should provide security to the minority.

Delhi BJP protests beheading of two Sikhs in Pakistan Special Correspondent

Submit a memorandum at Pakistan High Commission

Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Demanding security: BJP activists shouting slogans in the Capital of India, Delhi on Monday against killing of Sikhs in Pakistan. NEW DELHI: The Delhi BJP staged a demonstration near the Pakistan High Commission here on Monday to protest against the brutal murder of two Sikhs by the Taliban in Pakistan.

The protesters, led by Delhi BJP president O. P. Kohli, later submitted a memorandum at the High Commission demanding that the Pakistan Government take immediate steps to provide security to the minority community.

Agitated over the deaths in Pakistan, the protesters – who also included Leader of Opposition in Dellhi Assembly V. K. Malhotra, Delhi BJP vice-president Nand Kishore Garg, general secretary R. P. Singh and president of Sikh Cell Jaspal Singh — assembled near Teen Murti and raised slogans against the atrocities being committed on the minorities in Pakistan. Carrying banners and placards on which slogans like “Stop atrocities on Sikhs”, “Provide security to minorities” and “Punish the barbaric Taliban”, the protesters then walked some distance before the Delhi Police stopped by erecting a barricade near Nehru Planetarium.

Addressing the protesters, Prof. Kohli said it was disturbing that the minorities were attacked every now and then in Pakistan.

“They are forced to convert and the Pakistan Government is helpless. Until the terrorist activities of the Taliban are not curbed, relations between the two countries will not become normal,” he said. The Delhi BJP president also questioned the “meaning” of Secretary level talks between the two countries in an atmosphere in which members of the Sikh community were being beheaded in Pakistan.

In the memorandum, the BJP has also noted that because some of the Sikhs were still being held captive by the Taliban and efforts should be made to provide security to all the minorities in Pakistan. They also stated that Jazia tax was imposed on Sikhs last year because of which many members of the minority community were forced to migrate to other cities.

Stating that it was “a matter of regret that the Pakistan Government has failed to provide to the minority community living in Pakistan adequate security”, the memorandum stated that such a situation stands in the way of normalising relations between the two countries.

In Kolkata over 100 Sikh and Hindus jammed Rashbehari xing and torched the effigies of  Talibans and Pak administrators in protest of recent beheading of two Sikh buisenessmen and abduction of a  Hindu IT professional. They cautioned the authorities any negligence found to penalize the offenders may cause severe retaliation over the mute supporters of Taliban and Islamic Fundamentalists.

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