An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan introduced as much as two years imprisonment to a few men for vandalising Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Punjab province on Wednesday.
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, also referred to as Gurdwara Janam Asthan, is a website close to Lahore the place the primary Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev, was born.
In January 2020, a violent mob attacked the gurdwara, pelted stones and threatened to destroy it to construct an Islamic shrine there.
“On Tuesday a Lahore”s ATC handed down two years jail time period to prime accused Imran Chishti and imposed a tremendous of 10,000 Pakistani Rupees. Two different accused – Muhammad Salman and Muhammad Ahmed – had been convicted for six months. Nevertheless, 4 different accused had been acquitted for need of proof,” a court official instructed PTI.
All of the suspects had been current within the court when the sentence was introduced. Strict safety measures had been taken to deal with any protest by the spiritual components within the wake of their conviction.
Chishti, a authorities worker working within the Fisheries Division, and different suspects had been arrested underneath terrorism and blasphemy expenses following the assault on the gurdwara final yr.
They confronted expenses underneath sections 295A, 290, 291, 341,506, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code and 7-ATA (anti-terrorism act).
Based on the FIR, Chishti had incited a mob within the identify of faith. He needed to settle his household situation and created a law-and-order state of affairs within the Nankana metropolis.
Police mentioned Chishti had intentionally misled Muslims towards the Sikhs for his “household matter”.
Convict Chishti is the elder brother of Mohammad Hassan, who married a teenage Sikh lady, Jagjit Kaur, 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 Hassan has been overwhelmed up by police for “lawfully and consensually” marrying the daughter of the gurdwara”s granthi.
Kaur has been residing in Darul Aman (authorities shelter home) in Lahore. Her new identify is Ayesha. She has reportedly refused to transform again and return to her home.
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 instant steps to make sure the protection and safety of the Sikh group there.
(With PTI inputs)