Sikh leader claims threat to Sikhs from Islamic terrorists in Pakistan

    28-May-2021   
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A Pakistani Sikh religious leader has cautioned the community members not to move out of their houses late at the night due to threat from the Taliban. His video is circulating among the Sikh groups in Pakistan.
 
Sikh leader claims threat 
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In the video, the religious leader said that he has been informed about these threats by the officials of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) after the culmination of religious services at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore.
 
“We didn’t receive any threat directly but we have been told by ETPB that Sikhs face threat from the militant organization. So the Government was collecting our data for making security arrangements,” he said.
 
Thousands of Hindus and Sikhs have been leaving Pakistan and Afghanistan due to the persecution and taking the advantage of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Though some hundreds of Indian Muslims opposed the CAA, the Indian Parliament passed the bill in 2019. Since then minority communities like Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist, Jain started migrating to India and got Indian Citizenship.
 
Before the 1990s, the Afghan Sikh population was estimated at around 50,000. As of now, they are around 800 families of which 300 families live in Kabul.
 
Pakistani authorities excluded the Sikhs from the most recent census in 2017, the country's first national headcount in 19 years. So, there's no real figure of its population in Pakistan. But rights campaigners say its size has drastically come down within the past two decades from around 40,000 in 2002 to 8,000 in 2019.
 
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