Threat to Sikhs: Badal, his Deputy to meet PM soon

The SAD-BJP government in Punjab has sought Centre`s intervention to ensure safety of Sikhs in Kashmir in the wake of reported threats to them from militants to embrace Islam or leave the valley.

Chandigarh: The SAD-BJP government in
Punjab has sought Centre`s intervention to ensure safety of
Sikhs in Kashmir in the wake of reported threats to them from
militants to embrace Islam or leave the valley, Deputy Chief
Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said today.

He along with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makker would soon meet Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh in this connection, the Deputy Chief Minister
said in Ludhiana.

Flagging off 11 trucks carrying relief material for
cloudburst-ravaged Leh, the Junior Badal said he along with
SAD?BJP MPs had already met President Pratibha Patil and told
her about reported threats to the Sikh community in Kashmir.

He said Sikhs were an integral part of multi-ethnic
society of Jammu and Kashmir, an official release said here.

They had been contributing to the growth of state`s
economy and any attempt to drive them out of the state would
be suicidal for the unity and integrity of the nation, Sukhbir
said.

The 60,000-strong Sikh community is the single largest
minority group in Kashmir.

PTI

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