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Peshawar: Days after the beheading of two abducted Sikhs by Taliban in the restive tribal belt, a Pakistani Hindu man has been reportedly kidnapped from here and his abductors have demanded Rs 10 million for his release.
Robin Singh, a computer engineer, was kidnapped by unknown persons from a market on University Road last Friday, a local politician said on Tuesday. He was kidnapped while going to Nowshera for some work.
The kidnappers have demanded Rs 10 million from Singh’s relatives, said Sahib Singh, a member of the district assembly in Peshawar.
Close on the heels of the killing of two abducted Sikhs by Taliban [ Images ] in the restive tribal belt, the case of kidnapping of a Pakistani Hindu has come to light as latest.
The victim, Robin Singh, was abducted by unknown persons from a market on the University Road in Peshawar in broad daylight on last Friday, an official statement said.
President Asif Ali Zardari [ Images ] condemned the kidnapping of the Hindu man and asked authorities to take steps for his recovery.
The incident comes to light days after the recovery of the beheaded bodies of two abducted Sikhs — Mahal Singh and Jaspal Singh — in Pakistan’s tribal belt.
Another two to four Sikhs are still being held by the Taliban.
The kidnapping and killing of the Sikhs has been condemned by leaders of Pakistan’s minority Sikh community.
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday strongly condemned the abduction of a Hindu man by some unidentified persons in Pakistan’s Peshawar city.
Issuing a statement in the Parliament, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna informed the lawmakers that the government of Pakistan has assured to take stringent action against those who were responsible for the reported abduction of a Hindu man living in Pakistan.
“The President of Pakistan has strongly condemned the abduction of a Hindu man by some unknown persons and the recent beheading of two members of the Sikh community in the country’s tribal belt. The Pakistani establishment has assured full safety of Hindus living in the country and promised to take necessary action to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in future,” Krishna said minutes before the start of Rail Budget presentation in the House.
The reaction from the government came a day after Robin Singh, a computer engineer, was kidnapped by some unknown persons from a market in Peshawar city while he was on his way to Nowshera for some work.
Singh’s abductors later demanded Rs 10 million for his release.
The incident came to light days after the recovery of the beheaded bodies of two abducted Sikhs — Mahal Singh and Jaspal Singh — in Pakistan’s tribal belt.
Robin Singh’s brother Rajan Singh has registered a case at West Cantonment police station.
However, no arrest has been made so far in this regard.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has also condemned the kidnapping of Robin Singh and directed the authorities to take steps for his safe recovery.
Another two to four Sikhs are still being held by the Taliban. The kidnapping and killing of the Sikhs has been condemned by leaders of Pakistan’s minority Sikh community.
23/02/2010 13:33:01 PNS | New Delhi
New Delhi: BJP and the RSS have condemned the beheading of two Sikhs by Taliban in Pakistan and asked the Government to give utmost priority to the protection of Hindu community in the neighbouring country. A delegation of MPs belonging to BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal, Indian National Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party also called on the Prime Minister requesting him to take up the matter with Pakistan in the forthcoming foreign secretary-level meeting on February 25.
“I demand that the Union Government, which is taking initiative to reopen dialogue with Pakistan, must give utmost priority to the protection of Sikhs and Hindus living in that country and put necessary pressure on the Pakistan Government to ensure safe release of the kidnapped Sikh youths from the Islamists,” RSS general secretary Suresh Joshi said.
Declare war against Pakistan – Togadia
23/02/2010 00:43:59 VHP Press Release
Strongly condemning the brutal beheading of 2 Sikhs & abducting of others, Dr Pravin Togadia, International Secretary General of VHP said, “Beheading Sikhs in kabaili areas of Peshawar of Pakistan is a part of Pakistan’s continued Jehad against Bharat supported by all Muslim countries & anyone who has any roots in Bharat be it Sikhs of Sanatan Dharm practitioners are their targets. Muslim Invaders forced Islam & if not converted then Jazia on Bharat when they ruled Bharat & even now they have been forcing Islam & if not converted then Jazia on the Sikhs & Sanatanis in Pakistan.
This is absolutely unacceptable & the way they do in Pakistan & even in Bharat through Sharia, if Bharat or even Punjab alone decides to apply an eye-for-an eye rule, then it would be difficult for many. But Bharat will not do it as Bharat believes in democratic process of justice, however politically affected it is. This is exactly what Pakistan KNOWS. Therefore Pakistan keeps on doing such Ethnic Cleansing not only in Pakistan but even sponsors such heinous activities in Kashmir, Assam & now thru Jehadi attacks even in places like Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur & many more that we all have seen.
Our government’s vote bank begging mentality makes people in Bharat, Sikhs & Sanatanis in Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Malaysia, Indonesia extremely unsafe. Pakistan has got emboldened seeing that even after the war like Jehadi attack on Mumbai & now the recent attack on Pune, Bharat Government not just bends but crawls for talks with Pakistan terming it diplomatic effort. Pakistan blaming such Jehadi attacks on Sikhs & sanatanis on Taliban is just another game by Pakistan to dramatize to the world a ‘me too victim’ theory. The world intentionally may believe in it but even Bharat government giving in to such dramas is not just foolish but also a vote bank related help to Jehad!”
Demanding immediate stoppage of all talks with Pakistan until the killers of the Sikhs in Pakistan are brought to justice not in Pakistan but in Bharat or in the international courts, Dr Togadia reminded Punjab of the bravery of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji, Guru Teg Bahadur Sing ji & even Bhagat Singh ji. Dr Togadia said, “There is a glorious history as to how Punjab led Bharat in the war against cruel Islam despite extreme brutalities on Sikhs by the Muslim rulers.
Even at the time of partition, despite the wide losses, Sikhs & Sanatanis together fought against Islam with so much courage. Even in the Indian Army, there are glorious officers from Punjab who finally led Bharat to the victory in the wars against Pakistan & China. Today, when Pakistan is misusing the vulnerability of 10,000 Sikh & some Sanatanis in Peshawar to implement its Ethnic Cleansing Jehad due to our government’s vote bank politics, it is time that we all together stand up against such Jehadi acts of BEHEADING SIKHS & THROWING THEIR HEADS IN THE GURUDWARAS!
This is the worst ever humiliation of the Sikhs, Sanatanis & Bharat; the government must stop all talks with Pakistan, immediately refrain from any cultural / sports / social / trade / political relations with Pakistan & declare war against Pakistan for this & we as a united society should stand up democratically against such Jehadi mentality.”