Sikh group meets interlocutor, seeks minority status in J&K

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Srinagar, All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) on Tuesday met interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma and sought minority status in Jammu and Kashmir as per norms of the Minority Commission of India.

Sharma arrived in Srinagar on Monday on a five-day tour to the state to hold talks with all ‘stakeholders’ in Kashmir.

“It is a matter of concern that even after 70 years the Sikh minority in J&K are being denied the minority status and instead the majority community of India is demanding minority status in the state, which apart from being a matter of shame also infringes on the basic rights of minorities,” APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

He also said the minorities be given an employment package at par with the migrants to stop their silent migration from the valley.

“We the Sikh minority of J&K have expectations from anyone whosoever comes from Center for holding dialogue to bring peace to the valley, since the Sikh minority is in a dilemma because of this turmoil in the valley.

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