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Sikh girl converted to Islam at gunpoint in Pakistan

New Delhi, Aug 31: Worried over how the international community might use the incident of  forced conversion of a kidnapped Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, government in Pakistan’s Punjab province has constituted a high-level committee to negotiate with Sikhs angry over the abduction and forced conversion of a teenage girl from the community.

Indian media carried false reports Pakistan’s punjab’s police arrested eight persons and the abducted girl named Jagjit Kaur has been sent back to her parents.

” Our sister has not been returned to us till now, these reports are wrong,neither arrests made yet. I appeal to PM Imran Khan,Army Chief and Punjab Governor to ensure justice to us,”  Brother of Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and converted to Islam in Pakistan said.

 

Jagjit Kaur’s family alleged that she was converted to Islam at gunpoint and forced to marry a Muslim boy. Her family says she is 18-year-old.

The “Shocking incident” grabbed headlines in India when Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted “Shocking incident of a Sikh girl being kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam in Nankana Sahib”, tagging a video and urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take up the issue with Pakistan of forced conversion.

In the video message, the family of the girl has claimed that she was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. The family has sought Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s help.

Singh demanded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take stern action against those responsible for it and said they should not be allowed to get way. He also urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to raise the issue with his counterpart in Islamabad.

Religion is a personal matter and forcible conversion of this kind has no place in any society, he said.

Now there are reports in Indian news media that an FIR has been registered against six people in the case, Muhammad Jamil, Nankana City Police Investigation Officer, told PTI.

Police have arrested one of the suspects named Arsalan, a friend of the prime accused Mohammad Hassan who married the Sikh girl.

The girl has been sent to a shelter home in Lahore on Friday on the court’s order.

Police in Nankana Sahib city of Punjab province have arrested eight people in connection with the case.

Pakistan’s Imran Khan government has already handed over the abducted Sikh girl to her parent

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar met the father of the girl and assured him of the safe return of his daughter. The girl’s father, who has been identified as Bhagwan Singh, is a ‘granthi’ (priest) at Gurudwara Tambu Sahib.

The family alleged that she was “abducted” and “threatened” that if she didn’t convert into Islam, her brothers and father would be shot dead.

“The girl who was abducted yesterday is my sister. She was threatened by some goons that her brothers and father would be shot if she did not accept Islam,” said her brother Surinder Singh of Nankana Sahib.

“We went to a police station to register a complaint. We met many senior officials but they have not listened to us. The men came to our house again, forced us to withdraw our complaint and threatened that they will force us to convert to Islam if we pursued the complaint,” he said.

“I request Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief Justice (Asif Saeed Khosa) to help us bringing her back,” he added.

The 19-year-old girl is the daughter of a ‘granthi’ (priest) of Gurudwara Tambu Sahib and was converted to Islam at gunpoint.

Her family said they will self immolate themselves in-front of the Punjab Governor’s house on August 31 if the girl was not released.

Several videos related to the incident went viral.

In a clip the girl introduced herself as Jagjit Kaur, 19. Her ‘nikahnamaa’ was read out and she was asked for her consent for marrying Mohammad Hussain Zulfikar.

Punjab province Chief Minister Sardar Usman Ahmad Khan Buzdar had also taken cognisance of the matter and held a high-level meeting with his officials on Friday.

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