OdishaPlus Bureau

Over attempts to convert the Gurdwara Shahidi Asthan in Lahore into a mosque, India on Monday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan High Commission. The gurdwara at Naulakha Bazaar in Lahore which is the site of martyrdom of Bhai Taru Singh Ji, has been claimed as the place of Masjid Shahid Ganj.

In response to the protest, Pakistan was also called upon to look after the safety, security, well-being of its minority communities including protection of their religious rights and cultural heritage.

On July 26, it was reported that an activist of Dawat-e-Islami (Beraillwi), who is also a caretaker of Mazar of Muslim prophet Hazrat Shah Kaku Chesti in Lahore has threatened the minority Sikh community saying that Pakistan is an Islamic nation that belongs to Muslims.

Many historical Sikh gurudwaras in Pakistan are either in a dilapidated condition or they are occupied by the land mafia and locals. The Sikhs are facing persecution across Pakistan. There are many instances of Sikh girls being kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslims.