Less than two months after the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor by PM Imran Khan, Pakistan witnessed a Muslim mob’s attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib last friday. The fairly large mob threatened to vandalise the holy Sikh shrine, vowing ‘not to spare a single Sikh’ and ‘rename Nankana Sahib as Ghulamaan-e-Mustafa’. Gathered around the shrine, the belligerent demonstrators demanded the release of men charged and under custody in a case of forced conversion involving a local Sikh girl.
This news spread like fire and took the Indian social media by a storm. Pakistan as a country was ridiculed for being intolerant to the minority groups, by the Indian nationals living in a country under fire because of strikes against anti-minority legislation. Indian government too, left no stone unturned in exercising its conventional practice of targeting Pakistan’s truculent approach towards the minority groups.
Keeping in mind the fact that PM Khan’s Twitter feed is entirely dedicated to Indian state leaders who are so conspicuously failing to address the blatant targeting of religious minorities in their own country, no other point in time would have been more perfect for the Indian conspiracy bodies to deploy a state of unrest in Pakistan’s soil as far as the rights and treatment towards the minority bodies is concerned.
Analysts argue that while the plight of Sikhs in Pakistan at the moment should be highlighted by Pakistani government, the fact that the Indian state leaders are so conspicuously and willingly failing to address the unconcealed targeting of Muslims in their own country hollows their condemnations across the Line of Control.
“It is necessary, not to overreact to the unfortunate and shameful events, or to criticize Pakistan as a country. At the same time, it has caused a great deal of concern in the Sikh community in India and throughout the globe. The [Pakistani government should] punish the real culprits, and assure the Sikh community with regard to their soundness and safety,” said India-based analyst Tridivesh Singh Maini, the author of the book Humanity Amidst Insanity: Hope During and After the Indo-Pak Partition.
Mob’s attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib very well might be another Indian attempt to destabilize and immobilize the smooth relations between Muslims and Sikhs for decades. Now, it’s up to the government if they decide to downplay the entire scenario or to reveal the punishable culprits behind the scenes.