Agitated Sikhs block Jammu- Pathankot highway

May 3rd, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban By: Tahir Nadeem Khan

Jammu, May 3 (ANI): Activists of various Sikh organizations blocked the Jammu - Pathankot National Highway here today and burnt images of the Taliban and neighbouring Pakistan to express their anguish over the injustice meted towards Sikhs in Pakistan’s North West Front Province (NWFP).

Holding placards, the protestors shouted slogans against the Taliban and the Pakistan Government. They alleged that Sikhs were being subjected to acts of barbarism in the NWFP.

The protestors also burnt tyres.

The highway is the only road link that connects the state with the rest of the country. Sikh activists called on the UPA Government to ensure the security and safety of monitories living in Pakistan. While condemning the Taliban, Colonel Mohinder Singh, a protestor, alleged that Pakistan has failed to protect the life and property of Sikhs out there. He further accused Pakistan of giving rise to the Taliban. We have already conveyed our concern to the authorities in India, he said. Another protestor, Harminder Pal Singh Sodhi, said the Sikh community is a peace loving community and always respects all communities and religions. However, he warned that if anyone tries to hurt their sentiments, they should expect a befitting reply. (ANI)

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