Sat Sri Akal!

This letter was published in Daily Times on Feb 27, 2010


Cartoon By Zahoor


Sir: The brutal beheading of Jaspal Singh in Khyber Agency was a grim reminder of how the minorities are being treated in this land of the ‘pure’. Jaspal Singh was among the three Sikhs kidnapped by unidentified militants for a hefty amount of ransom.

 

Over the last one and a half decades of my work in the social sector, I had the privilege of engaging myself in a rather candid discourse with marginalised communities, especially minorities and women. Sikhs being a small minority in Pakistan after Hindus and Christians largely go unnoticed as the marginalised ones. Many Pakistanis do not even know that we have large Sikh communities in the northern areas and FATA.

 

I met some Sikh IDPs at Gurdawaara Panja Sahib a few months ago and was shocked to learn that some of them had to shave off their beards and remove their headgear due to a fear of being marked as non-Muslims by the Taliban. I sometimes really wonder how we managed to lose Jinnah’s ‘secular’ Pakistan.

MARVI SIRMED
Islamabad

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    Sikhs always targeted by Muslim…In India Muslim are bound to do.that..Despite being an Big majority here in India of Muslims….They can’t take any action against Sikhs…If we talk about pak..Its the place where nobody is safe…from President..to a common man..

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    Dear Marvi! I really feel like ashamed that due to some stupid people(Talibans) our respectable citizens although they are in minority but they are respectable citizen of Pakistan are living in a scared atmosphere and shave off their beards and remove their headgear just because talibans forced them to do this. These stupids also sports beard and planting turbines at their heads. What kind of this Islam is? This is not the actual Islam which these stupids trying to paint for rest of the world. This kind of people must be sentenced to jail more over hang till death. They must be sorry for this behavior towards our other respectable citizens although they are minority but they are respectable citizen. As you are social worker and respectable identity. You must do something at every possible forum. People like me are always with you.

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    – You are living in Pakistan and you still havent understand what 2 nation theory is
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