Sikh24.com – Akal Takht directs SGPC to install Bhai Waryam Singh’s portrait in Central Sikh Museum

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 01 June 2020. In a press note shared with Sikh24, the SGPC appointed officiating Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has informed that the portrait of political Sikh prisoner Bhai Waryam Singh will be installed in the Central Sikh Museum.

Giani Harpreet Singh has made this announcement a day before Bhai Waryam Singh’s Antim Ardas to be held at his village in Uttar Pradesh.

“Bhai Waryam Singh spent his whole life in jail while adhering to Sikh principles. Keeping in view his sacrifice, I have directed SGPC to install Bhai Waryam Singh’s portrait in the central Sikh museum,” said Giani Harpreet Singh.

It may be recalled here that 69 years old political Sikh prisoner Bhai Waryam Singh had passed away on 24 May. Following 26 years of imprisonment, he was released in 2016 considering his good conduct during imprisonment.

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Sikh24.com – World Sikh Parliament issue advice on practical steps for Gurdwaras to reopen

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Santokh Singh

London – UK, 27 May 2020. The World Sikh Parliament (WSP) on 26 May released two videos, one in English and one in Punjabi, with advice for Gurdwaras around the world on considerations they should take when reopening their doors to the Sangat after lock-down.

The videos cover topics from protecting the elderly members of the Sangat to the distribution of degh. The content highlights the dangers of a second and third wave of Corona-virus which may cost many more lives to the deadly disease.

Sangat is encouraged to conduct TV shows to engage with the Sangat and let them know about the changes they will need to bring in. WSP also ask Gurdwaras to put up signing, markings on the floor and potentially introducing a one way system if possible in the Gurdwara.

It is also highlighted that many Gurdwara granthis have also passed away due to the virus and the Sangat are encouraged to keep social distancing to protect the most vulnerable in the community and the Divans being extended in order to cater for the Sangat having Darshan of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

To see the videos click on the below link !

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Sikh24.com – Hurriyat Conference strongly condemns attack on Derby Gurdwara

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 27 May 2020. Strongly condemning the recent attack on Gurdwara Guru Arjan Dev in Derby (UK), the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has expressed solidarity with the Sikh community. The APHC asked the British government to take stern action against the attacker so that no one could dare to commit such a heinous act in the future.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) is an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organizations formed on 9 March 1993, as a united political front to raise the cause of Kashmir.

In a press note shared with Sikh24, All Parties Hurriyat Conference’s spokesperson Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has said that this attack was extremely painful as Sikhs have always stood for the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Smelling Indian agencies’ hand behind this attack, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said that Sikhs have always supported the Kashmiris.

“When the innocent Kashmiris were being assaulted by Hindu extremists in all parts of India in August last year, the Sikhs opened the doors of their Gurdwaras for the oppressed Kashmiri Muslims and provided them food and shelter,” Sehrai said while adding that the Kashmiris can’t even think of attacking Gurdwara.

He expressed hope that the Indian agencies will not succeed in its nefarious design focused on creating discord between Muslims and the Sikhs.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai’s son Junaid Sehrai was an active Kashmiri militant who recently lost his life in an encounter with the Indian forces in Srinagar’s Nawakadal area on May 19.

On 25 May a Muslim man of Pakistani origin named Mohammed Ibrar had attacked Gurdwara Guru Arjan Dev in Derby. He smashed the Gurdwara property causing damage worth thousands of pounds.

After the attack, he had left a written note in Gurdwara Sahib in which he had tried to depict that he launched this attack out of anger against the Indian government for oppressing Kashmiris.

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Sikh24.com – Muslims should know Sikhs have always stood against the oppression of Kashmiris

Sikh24 Editors

New York – New York State – USA, 26 May 2020. On 25 May, a Muslim man of Pakistani origin attacked Gurdwara Guru Arjan Dev in Britain’s Derby. This attack occurred exactly on the day when the entire Muslim community was celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr and the worldwide Sikhs were greeting our Muslim brothers on this auspicious day.

Interestingly, this attack also occurred exactly a day before the 414th martyrdom anniversary of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

After smashing the property of Gurdwara premises worth thousands of pounds, the attacker left a handwritten note behind, in which he clearly revealed his disturbed mindset due to the ongoing oppression of Kashmiris by India.

It clearly shows that a religious place of Sikhs got attacked because the attacker mistook Sikhs as supporters of the Indian government which is continuously oppressing Kashmiris.

This attack occurred because the Sikhs lack their distinct identity as nationhood and for being a stateless community. The Sikhs got targeted for the excesses being committed by the Indian government on Kashmiris.

Initially, the Indian media didn’t pay heed towards this attack, but as soon as it came to the fore that the attacker was a Muslim man of Pakistani origin, the Indian media outlets started airing this news considering it a golden opportunity to infuse hate in Sikhs against Muslims.

Sikhs have always stood against the oppression of Kashmiris.

In August last year, SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had openly opposed the abrogation of Article 370 by the BJP led Indian government in Jammu & Kashmir.

In Canada, the National Democratic Party’s head Jagmeet Singh had strongly condemned the oppression of Kashmiri people by India.

Similarly, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Dal Khalsa had also condemned the abrogation of Article 370 by terming it a murder of democracy.

Muslims should know Sikhs have always stood against the oppression of Kashmiris

Sikh24.com – SIT requests CBI to share official documents related to enforced disappearance of Balwant Singh Multani

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 May 2020. Media reports reveal that the Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted to probe the enforced disappearance Sikh youth Balwant Singh Multani, is probing the case on the basis investigation report submitted by CBI in 2008.

Notably, the CBI had conducted a probe into this case on the directions of Punjab & Haryana High Court and a FIR was also lodged by the CBI. Later, the Supreme Court of India had quashed this FIR on technical grounds.

“The CBI had conducted an in-depth investigation in this case and we think it’s perfect to get directions for fresh investigation,” informed a senior Police officer on the condition of anonymity.

He further informed that the SIT has also requested the CBI to share the official documents pertaining to the investigation of this case.

It may be recalled here that an FIR No. 77/2020 was registered against the Ex-DGP Sumedh Saini in the Mataur police station on 06 May in relation to the enforced disappearance of Sikh youth Balwant Singh Multani.

Sections 364 (kidnapping or abduction in order to murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 344 (wrongful confinement), 330 (voluntarily causing hurt to exhort confession) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC have been invoked in this FIR registered on the complaint of Balwant Singh Multani’s brother Palwinder Singh Multani.

Balwant Singh Multani, who was a son of an IAS officer Darshan Singh Multani, was abducted by the Punjab police cops in December-1991 from his residence in 7-Phase of Mohali at the behest of Sumedh Saini.

Later, he was killed by committing inhuman torture in the Sector-17 police station in Chandigarh.

SIT requests CBI to share official documents related to enforced disappearance of Balwant Singh Multani

Sikh24.com – United Sikhs asks Australia to rehabilitate Afghan Sikhs; Labor Party’s MP comes out in support

Sikh24 Editors

Melbourne – Victoria – Australia, 19 May 2020. For over 4 decades, the Sikh community in Afghanistan has suffered war-like conditions. They have endured barbaric attacks resulting in the loss of loved ones and having their religious freedom stifled by terrorism.

Thirty years ago, the population of Sikhs in Afghanistan was said to be around 250,000, but after decades of conflict and massacre through the rise of the Taliban, many have sought asylum in other countries and the community is thought to have been reduced to about 120 families.

United Sikhs has been advocating for and serving Afghan Sikhs for many years. This work is ongoing and the families of those lost and injured have been provided assistance. Avenues for immigration documentation to allow for resettlement are being pursued and the necessary resources to obtain such documentation have been put in place.

After the most recent terrorist attacks on 25 March 2020, in Gurdwara Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji in Kabul, the Sikh Diaspora, international leaders and human rights advocates moved swiftly to condemn the persons and groups responsible.

The United Sikhs reached out to government leaders around the world to stand against the religious persecution in Afghanistan and to protect Sikhs and other ethnic-religious minorities in the area.

The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the 25 March 2020 terrorist massacre in the gurdwara that left 25 people dead and many others injured. On March 28th, there was another terrorist attack directed at the Sikh community with improvised explosives.

Witnesses state that the Islamic State also issued a 10-day ultimatum for Sikhs to leave Afghanistan. The remaining roughly 650 Sikhs in Afghanistan wish to leave as immediately as possible, so they can escape the concentrated and constant violence in the region at the hands of terrorists or external actors pursuing mass killings against Sikhs.

The United Sikhs team in Australia has been working closely with elected representatives of Parliament to raise the concerns of the Afghan Sikh community and warrant that Australia play a pivotal part in ensuring those innocent families in consistent danger can be saved through resettlement.

The United Sikhs forwarded their concern for the Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan by writing to all of the Parliamentarians of Australia, including the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison.

They were requested to treat the Afghan Sikh issue on a priority basis and provide them safe refuge in Australia as the lives of those Afghan Sikhs and Hindus hangs in the balance.

Mr Julian Hill, an Australian Labor Party MP from the Bruce Constituency, has listened to our teams’ representations and taken a proactive approach by writing to the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne MP.

In a detailed letter, Mr Hill highlights his concerns for the safety of the Afghan Sikh community and fears that if urgent action is not taken, the threats from extremist groups to murder Afghan Sikhs en masse could turn into reality.

Mr Hill calls for an urgent international humanitarian effort to facilitate the resettlement, in which he believes Australia can play a vital role by offering assistance to broker a global agreement.

United Sikhs asks Australia to rehabilitate Afghan Sikhs; Labor Party’s MP comes out in support  

Sikh24.com – With the lifting of curfew, devotees start thronging to Sri Darbar Sahib

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 18 May 2020. With the lifting of curfew in Punjab, a slow revival of hustle and bustle in Sri Harmandr Sahib is being witnessed today. The devotees have started thronging to the holiest Sikh shrine seeking blessings of Guru Sahib.

However, the administration is controlling the entrance paths of Sri Darbar Sahib to keep the rush low.

An SGPC official informed that around 21,000 devotees paid obeisance at Sri Harmandr Sahib on 17 May. He further informed that the SGPC was fully vigilant about social distancing inside Sri Darbar Sahib complex and the devotees were being asked to sanitize their hands before paying obeisance inside sanctum sanctorum.

With the lifting of curfew, devotees start thronging to Sri Darbar Sahib

Sikh24.com – More victim families start turning up against Sumedh Saini

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 15 May 2020. After the indictment of Ex-DGP Sumedh Saini in Balwant Singh Multani’s enforced disappearance case, the families of other Sikhs eliminated by Saini have also started turning up to lodge criminal complaints against him.

Another such case pertaining to the abduction and elimination of a Mohali resident father and son has surfaced against Sumedh Saini. A daughter of this family has come forward to depose against Sumedh Saini as an eyewitness.

Similarly, Panthak Vichar Manch’s president Baljit Singh Khalsa is also ready to depose against Sumedh Saini in Court.

However, Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s family has not come forward to lodge complaint against Sumedh Saini about the enforced disappearance of Bhullar’s father and uncle.

More victim families start turning up against Sumedh Saini

Sikh24.com – Ex-DGP Virk remarks on Multani Case: If they didn’t give you justice for 29 years, then how can you expect it now?

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 14 May 2020. In an interview with Journalist Ritesh Lakhi, Ex-DGP Sarbdeep Singh Virk has said that if the family of Balwant Singh Multani couldn’t get justice during the last 29 years, then how can they expect it now. “If they didn’t give justice when Multani was murdered then how do you think that justice will come as a gift for you now,” he said.

Virk further said that people will have to unite and build up pressure on the state for justice otherwise there is no hope.

Admitting the prevalence of corruption in Punjab administration, Virk said that the administration of Punjab has been infected with corruption virus since long. “Cases like extrajudicial abduction and murder of Balwant Singh Multani are just a small manifestation of this corrupt system,” he added.

Ex-DGP Virk admitted that a lot of innocents got murdered under the garb of fight with ‘terrorism’ but unfortunately all these excesses got buried under the carpet. “I personally oppose such extra-judicial killings carried out intentionally by the cops for the sake of monetary rewards or promotion,” he added.

Citing an Urdu couplet “Mehsoos Yeh Hota Hai Yeh Daur-e-Tabahi Hai, Sheeshe Ki Adalat Mein Pathar Ki Gawahi Hai”, Virk said that the India system is very fragile and it becomes inefficient in front of a powerful person. “Getting justice in today’s system is very tough,” he said.

Grudging over no inquiry in the disappearance of Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar’s father and uncle, who were gazetted officers, Virk said that Professor Devender Pal Singh was innocent.

Virk also took on Badals for endorsing an armed attack on Sri Darbar Sahib in June-1984 and appointing Sumedh Saini as DGP of Punjab by sidelining senior IPS officers.

Ex-DGP Virk remarks on Multani Case: If they didn’t give you justice for 29 years, then how can you expect it now?

Sikh24.com – S P Singh Oberoi comes forward to send financial aid for descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji


Bhai Mardana with his rabab

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 11 May 2020. Considering the financial hardships being faced by the descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji amid lockdown, UAE based Sikh businessman Dr. S.P Singh Oberoi has announced to send Pakistani Rupees 40,000/- every month till prevalence of normalcy.

Sharing the development with media, Dr S P Singh Oberoi informed that one of the descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji was already working in his Dubai based company.

Interacting with media, Bhai Lal Ji’s son Bhai Naeem Tahir informed that the SGPC has also assured them to convey the committed amount of money soon.

It may be recalled here that Bhai Naeem Tahir, the 17th generation descendant of Bhai Mardana Ji, had earlier highlighted the financial hardships being faced by the descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji due to unavailability of monthly financial aid by the SGPC and DSGMC for the last five months.

S.P Singh Oberoi comes forward to send financial aid for descendants of Bhai Mardana Ji