Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) on Tuesday sentenced as much as two years imprisonment to 3 convicts concerned in vandalizing Gurdwara Nankana Sahib within the nation’s Punjab province.
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, often known as Gurdwara Janam Asthan, is a website close to Lahore the place the primary Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak, was born.
In January 2020, a violent mob had attacked the Gurdwara and thrown stones and threatened to destroy the minorities worship place (Gurdwara Janamasthan) to construct “Ghulaman-e-Mustafa” shrine there. Nevertheless, police had managed the scenario.
“On Tuesday a Lahore’s ATC handed down two years jail time period to prime accused Imran Chishti and imposed a wonderful of 10,000 Pakistani Rupees. Two different accused – Muhammad Salman and Muhammad Ahmed – had been convicted for six months. Nevertheless, 4 different accused had been acquitted for need of proof,” a court docket official informed PTI.
All of the suspects had been current within the court docket when the sentence was introduced. Strict safety measures had been taken to deal with any protest by the spiritual parts within the wake of their conviction.
Imran Chishti, a authorities worker working within the Fisheries Division, and different suspects had been arrested beneath terrorism and blasphemy costs following the assault on the Gurdwara final 12 months. They confronted costs beneath sections 295A, 290, 291, 341,506, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code and 7-ATA (anti-terrorism act).
Based on the FIR, Chishti had incited the mob. He wished to settle his household subject and created a law-and-order scenario within the Nankana metropolis. Police stated Chishti had intentionally misled the world’s Muslim folks in opposition to the Sikhs for his “household matter”.
Convict Chishti is the elder brother Mohammad Hassan who married a teenage Sikh lady, Jagjit Kaur, in September, 2020 after allegedly abducting and changing her to Islam. The Muslims and Sikhs of Nankana Sahib, some 80kms from Lahore, had a face-off over the matter.
Chishti had claimed that his brother has been overwhelmed up by police for “lawfully and consensually” marrying the daughter of the gurdwara’s granthi.
Jagjit Kaur has been dwelling in Darul Aman (authorities shelter home) in Lahore. Her new title is Ayesha. She reportedly has refused to transform again and return to her home.
Mohammad Hassan has been pressured by police and authorities to divorce her.
India had strongly condemned the incident of vandalism on the revered Gurdwara and known as upon the Pakistan authorities to take instant steps to make sure the security and safety of the Sikh neighborhood there.
Lots of of protesters had additionally thronged the streets close to the Pakistan Excessive Fee in New Delhi demanding that Islamabad present enough safety to Sikh shrines and neighborhood members there.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, the highest physique which manages Sikh shrines in India, had additionally urged the Pakistan authorities to take stringent motion in opposition to the culprits who attacked the gurdwara – one of many holiest websites in Sikhism.