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Mob attacks Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, threatens to raze Gurdwara

India condemns vandalism at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Pakistan denies reports


An angry mob of local residents resorted to stone pelting at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan on Friday evening. The gurdwara is at the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, was born. It is considered to be one of the holiest Sikh shrines. Many devotees were trapped inside the Gurdwara as it was surrounded by angry Muslim residents.

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As per reports, the mob was led by the family of Mohammad Ehsaan, the boy who allegedly abducted and converted Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur, who is the daughter of the gurdwara’s pathi. The violent mob finally dispersed after police released Ehsaan, the man who had allegedly abducted the Sikh girl.

In a video shared by News Nation, one of the protesters was seen saying that locals were against the presence of the gurdwara there. Also that they will not let any Sikh live there and will soon change the name of the place from Nankana Sahib to Ghulamaan-e-Mustafa.

Police arrived to control mob almost 2 hours later after the situation escalated.

Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa tweeting the alleged video urged Pakistan PM Imran Khan to take immediate action against such communal incidents.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also tweeted and asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to “immediately intervene to ensure that the devotees stranded in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib are rescued and the historic Gurdwara is saved from the angry mob surrounding it.”

But Pakistan has dismissed these claims about Gurdwara Nankana Sahib near Lahore had been vandalized by a mob. The Pakistan Foreign Office, in a midnight statement, said provincial authorities in Punjab province had informed it that a scuffle had broken out in Nankana Sahib between two Muslim groups at a tea stall. The district administration immediately intervened and arrested the accused, it added.

We shall soon update you with more information on this matter.

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