Sikh delegation meets J&K CM

A delegation of Gurduwara Prabandhak Committee here on Saturday called on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and discussed the issue of anonymous letters asking Sikhs to embrace Islam or leave the Valley.

Srinagar: A delegation of Gurduwara
Prabandhak Committee here on Saturday called on Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and discussed the issue of
anonymous letters asking Sikhs to embrace Islam or leave the
Valley.

The Chief Minister, while interacting with the delegation,
said he is proud of secular credentials of the people of the
Valley who have "always withstood all onslaughts by
"mischievous forces who made attempts to drive a wedge between
different communities", an official spokesman said.
Therefore, he said, the letters written by one or two
mischievous persons should not be construed as the voice of
the majority.

Omar said the world recognizes the secular character of
the people of the Valley where people belonging to different
faiths live amicably tied with firm bonds of love and
affection.

He said the spirit of love and brotherhood inculcated in
the Valley by Sufi saints is still being followed with
reverence and respect.

"Fully endorsing the views of the Chief Minster, the
members of the delegation said their Muslim brethren in the
Valley have always showered love on them for centuries,
particularly during last two decades of turbulence", the
spokesman said.

The delegation members said they fear that some
"inimical forces are involved in this conspiracy and urged the
Chief Minister to bring them to book", the spokesman said.

The Chief Minister assured the delegation that his
government will trace the mischievous elements involved in
writing the anonymous letters.
He also assured the delegation that all necessary steps
will be taken by the government for economic and social
security of Sikhs.

However, he advised the delegation that they shouldn`t
get discouraged at any stage by such incidents. He said the
mature approach of both the communities cordially resolved one
such "isolated ugly" incident at Tral in Pulwama district
recently.

The delegation led by Sardar K N Singh, President GPS
Srinagar, comprised among others Manjit Singh, General
Secretary, Gurmeet Singh, Secretary and Harvinder Singh Raina,
President of United Sikh Front Kashmir.

PTI

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