Ludhiana: In the wake of reported threats
to Sikhs in Kashmir from militants to embrace Islam or leave
the valley, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today
demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s intervention in the
An SGPC delegation, led by its president Avtar Singh
Makkar, would call on the PM tomorrow in connection with the
threats to the minority community in Kashmir, he said.
SAD Parliamentary Party leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa
would be part of the delegation, Badal said adding his party
would also vociferously raise the issue in Parliament.
The threat to Sikhs was a serious issue and the Prime
Minister should intervene in the matter immediately, the Chief
He said he had also written a letter to Manmohan Singh
in this regard.
Badal said he had talked to Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah twice asking him to provide adequate
safety to Sikhs in the state.
Recently, Omar assured a delegation of Sikhs that all
necessary steps would be taken by his government for economic
and social security of the community.
The 60,000-strong Sikh community is the single largest
minority group in Kashmir.