Chief accused in vandalism of Nankana Sahib in Pakistan

LAHORE: The main defendant in the recent Gurdwara vandalism incident in Pakistan was arrested and charged with an anti-terrorism act, a senior official said on Monday.

Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, also known as, is a nearby site Lahore where the first guru of the Sikhs, Guru nanak , was born.

According to media reports, a violent mob attacked the Gurdwara and threw it with stones on Friday. A police team had to intervene quickly to control the situation.

The defendant, identified as Imran, was arrested Sunday for his role in the incident, Geo News reported.

Azhar Mashwani, the Focal Person (Digital Media) of the Chief Minister of Punjab, took the opportunity to announce the arrest.

The main culprit of the #NankanaSahib Imran incident has been arrested. FIR # 6/2020 u/s 295A/290/291/341/506/148/149, 6 sound system/7ATA has been registered at the Nanakan police station, he said. He said in the tweet that he also carries the image of the accused behind bars.

He also said that the 7 ATA is a non-salvageable section under the Anti-Terror Law.

Breaking his silence about the incident, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan On Sunday he condemned the recent incident of vandalism in the Nankana Sahib, saying that it goes against his vision and that the government will show zero tolerance against those involved in it.

India has strongly condemned the vandalism incident in the revered Gurdwara and has asked the government of Pakistan to take immediate measures to ensure the safety of the Sikh community there.

On Saturday, the Indian leaders who crossed the party lines and several teams condemned the Mafia attack on the historic Gurdwara, calling it a coward and shameful.

Hundreds of protesters crammed the streets near the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi demanding that Islamabad provide adequate security to Sikh shrines and community members there.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the main body that manages the Sikh shrines in India, said it will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to assess the situation and urged the government of Pakistan to take strict measures against the culprits they attacked Gurdwara: one of the holiest sites of Sikhism.