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Sikh girl’s forced conversion in Pakistan: Amarinder moves Centre

The Sikh family of the girl, seeking Pakistan PM Imran Khan's help, has claimed that she was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam.

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday to take up the issue of a Sikh girl being reportedly kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan.

“Shocking incident of a Sikh girl being kidnapped & forced to convert to Islam in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan,” Singh tweeted, tagging a video.

In the video message, the Sikh 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.

The chief minister urged Khan to take a firm and immediate action.

“Call upon@ImranKhanPTI to take firm and immediate action against the perpetrators. Request @DrS Jaishankar to strongly take up the issue with his counterpart at the earliest,” Singh said.

In July, the Punjab chief minister had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed it a “courtesy meeting”.

Singh had said the reason for the meeting was because he had not met the prime minister for long during the latter’s second term.

The meeting was held a day after India had flagged its concerns to Pakistan during the second round of the talks on the Kartarpur corridor that had taken place between delegations of the two countries in Wagah on the Pakistani side of the border.

Though there had not been any official word on whether the Kartarpur issue was discussed during the meeting, it had come in the wake of Amarinder Singh urging the central government to work more closely with Pakistan government to conclude an agreement on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.

“Urge GOI to engage more closely with @pid_gov to conclude their agreement at the earliest and request @narendramodi ji to further press for passport waiver and increase in daily limit of pilgrims. Reiterate my demand for a special package to make the celebrations truly historic,” Singh had said.


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