‘Problems’ faced by Sikhs in J-K: SGPC chief seeks meeting with PM Modi

Earlier SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar had also contacted Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to address the problem.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Published:September 4, 2016 3:59 am
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar shows a report by a four-member delegation on ‘atrocities’ faced by Sikhs  in Kashmir. PTI Photo SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar shows a report by a four-member delegation on ‘atrocities’ faced by Sikhs
in Kashmir. PTI Photo

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the problems of Sikhs living in Kashmir.

Earlier Makkar had also contacted Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to address the problem.

In his letter to the Prime Minister on August 27, Makkar wrote, “The Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir have been facing hardships, especially in the hands of militants and are feeling unsafe. It is in this connection that, I along with a delegation of Sikhs, would like to meet you in the near future to discuss the issues confronting Sikhs.”

Makkar said that a SGPC delegation led by Rajinder Singh Mehta went to Kashmir and met the Sikhs there on August 31.

“Sikhs are in trouble. They have being forced to migrate from Kashmir and it would be a big blow to the secular character of the Jammu and Kashmir. So state and Centre should act to solve this problem immediately,” said Makkar,adding that he has not got any reply from PM so far.

“Last month, I had received phone calls from Kashmir about the pressure on them to join protests against India. I immediately contacted Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and he had also informed me back saying that a message has been delivered not to pressurize Sikhs. I don’t know if that message worked,” Makkar said while replying to a question.

The SGPC president now hopes that the delegation planned under the leadership of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Kashmir would look into the problems of Sikhs.

Interestingly, Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) in Kashmir, has announced to boycott the all-party delegation headed by Rajnath Singh, who is visiting Kashmir Sunday.

Mehta, who headed SGPC delegation to Kashmir, said he had no information about any such announcement by Rana, who was present in meeting of Kashmiri Sikhs along with SGPC delegation. Mehta further said that SGPC has no information about any attack on Sikh Gurudwara in Kashmir by security forces.