Dina Kaur, daughter of Gurucharan Singh, was reported to be abducted at gunpoint, raped, and married to her abductor with the help of local administration and police.
Seeing the discrimination and oppression, hundreds of Sikhs and other locals blocked the road and demanded justice.
A Sikh protester said, “I appeal to the people of Pakistan and those living abroad that we are being oppressed and attacked. This protest will continue till we get our daughter back. She was forcibly abducted yesterday with the help of the administration. The administration of Buner is involved in it as they tortured her and convinced her to get converted and get married. They misled us for the entire day”.
He added, “They have not registered our FIR in the police station. We also visited other senior officials but they have not given us any satisfactory answers. They are partners in this crime. With the help of the administration, our child was forced to sign the documents. I appeal to the Sikh community of the world to join us and protest against such crime. We will continue this protest till our child is not handed over to us”.
Another Sikh protester said, “We have had good relations with our Muslim neighbours. Such attacks, torture and forced conversion of our children are not acceptable to us. I appeal to the Muslim and Pashtun brothers to raise our voices for us and help us to get justice. We will not stay here anymore If you don’t stand with us.”
Many Sikh families are settled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and they are mostly engaged in businesses. The minority community, including the Sikhs, Hindus and Christians from different parts of Pakistan have been facing persecution and their girls are regularly being kidnapped, raped and married to their abductors.
Many families from Pakistan have already migrated to India and other countries to protect their daughters and other family members.
3. Pak to receive 20 pc cost of five CPEC projects from Chinese firm to get breathing space amid economic turmoil
According to Pakistani local media outlet The Express Tribune, the sponsoring Chinese firm will bring 20 pc of the total cost in US currency and will keep the money in a special account. The Chinese firm can draw the money in Pakistani rupee for the expenses that it will incur in Pakistan which also include covering the salaries of the staff.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given instructions to further fine-tune the proposal at a discussion he held with other ministers, a media report said quoting a cabinet minister.
discussed with the prime minister this week. Chinese companies will not be allowed to take back these funds in any shape including for opening Letters of Credit, according to the proposal.
Pakistan is required to borrow USD 40 billion in the current fiscal year for meeting its external financing needs. The placement of 20 pc of CPEC projects’ cost can provide some breathing space. In return, Pakistan will remove hurdles in the way of these five projects, according to the sources.
Meanwhile, this week, the government decided to abolish the CPEC Authority once it gets consent from the Chinese side. The CPEC Authority Act will be repealed once the Chinese authorities give their consent as the country’s planning and developments ministry will take over in dealing with the matter of the multi-billion dollar project.