Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Court (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, also called 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. Nonetheless, police had managed the state of affairs.
“On Tuesday a Lahore’s ATC handed down two years jail time period to prime accused Imran Chishti and imposed a high quality of 10,000 Pakistani Rupees. Two different accused – Muhammad Salman and Muhammad Ahmed – have been convicted for six months. Nonetheless, 4 different accused have been acquitted for need of proof,” a courtroom official advised PTI.
All of the suspects have been current within the courtroom when the sentence was introduced. Strict safety measures have 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 have been arrested below terrorism and blasphemy fees following the assault on the Gurdwara final yr. They confronted fees below sections 295A, 290, 291, 341,506, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code and 7-ATA (anti-terrorism act).
In accordance with the FIR, Chishti had incited the mob. He wished to settle his household challenge and created a law-and-order state of affairs within the Nankana metropolis. Police stated Chishti had intentionally misled the realm’s Muslim folks towards the Sikhs for his “household matter”.
Convict Chishti is the elder brother Mohammad Hassan who married a teenage Sikh woman, 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 crushed 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 identify 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 referred to as upon the Pakistan authorities to take speedy steps to make sure the security and safety of the Sikh neighborhood there.
A whole bunch of protesters had additionally thronged the streets close to the Pakistan Excessive Fee in New Delhi demanding that Islamabad present ample 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 towards the culprits who attacked the gurdwara – one of many holiest websites in Sikhism.