Pakistan on Sunday hosted the first International Sikh Convention at the Governor’s House in Lahore, inviting over 50 Sikh scholars from across the world, and urged the scholars to raise their voice against alleged “India’s human rights violations in Kashmir”.
The convention was aimed at showcasing Pakistan’s “readiness to safeguard the rights of the minorities” and stand by them through thick and thin. However, it fast turned into a platform where Pakistan called on the dignitaries to raise their voices against the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, who was the host of the three-day convention, said, “Kashmir issue could be solved through dialogue if India shows seriousness.”
Sarwar also called on the Sikh community across the world to raise their voice and spread the concerns over what he termed as “India’s human rights violations in Kashmir”, asserting that “no religion preaches injustice to anyone”.
“Islam and Sikhism teach that the oppressed must be protected. We believe in one race and that is the human race,” he said.
Special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Firdour Ashiq Awan also raked up the Kashmir issue during the event and lashed out at PM Narendra Modi.
“It was the need of the hour that Indian premier Narendra Modi shun extremism in Kashmir and within India. The Sikh community should highlight the plight of the minorities in India across the world,” she said.
Firdour Ashiq Awan also said that Pakistan had showed its “positive intent towards peace” by returning Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman whose jet was shot down within the Pakistani territory. He threatened that “Pakistan’s wish for peace should not be taken as weakness”.
“If PM Modi will continue the genocide of the Muslims in Kashmir, Pakistan will no more act as a silent spectator and the consequences will affect the world,” Awan said.
Punjab Governor said that the Kartarpur Corridor would open on its assigned and scheduled time in November. “The Kartarpur Corridor will be opened even if the border situation worsens. PM Imran Khan will perform the opening ceremony,” he said.