The Sikh community has raised serious concerns after ‘being forced to convert to Islam’ by a government official in Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Lodging a complaint with Deputy Commissioner Hangu Shahid Mehmood, the community members claimed Assistant Commissioner Tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan was allegedly forcing Sikhs to convert to Islam.
The Sikh community claimed that the assistant commissioner did not hear a single thing they had to say and did not behave appropriately with them. They added, “Afterwards, he also called us non-Muslims and would not help us until they convert to Islam”.
District Nazim Hangu for minority Farid Chand Singh, who filed the complaint, said the community members have been living in the area since 1901 and were never offended by anyone, specifically for religious believes rather lived all their lives peacefully with Muslims.
The complaint reads, “We the residents of Doaba area are being tortured religiously.The Constitution empowers us to defend our religious beliefs against anyone and we want you to call AC Tall Yaqoob Khan and inquire the issue.”
DC Hangu Shahid Mehood said members of the Sikh community were offended during talks with the assistant commissioner, which the assistant commissioner never meant.
There was no such issue of converting someone forcefully to Islam; rather, the district administration ensured religious freedom.
He added, “We have ensured religious freedom and safety of the community members across the district and we are clear about it.”