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Pakistan's Sikh community disappointed at being 'left out' from census

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Members and leaders of the Sikh community in Peshawar expressed their disappointment at being "left out" of the national census, saying they feared their community would not be adequately represented in Pakistan's first national headcount in 19 years.

"The concerned department has not included the Sikh minority in the ongoing count. It is not only unfortunate for us, it is also a point of great concern for the community to have been missed out in the counting exercise," Radesh Sing Tony, chairman of a Sikh committee, told the Dawn on Saturday.

He complained that a sizeable number of Sikhs was living in Pakistan, but the community was not counted among the religions included in the form.

He noted that Sikhs would be counted under the "other" religion category in the form, which would not provide an accurate picture of the Sikh population.

"This is an injustice, we are being deprived of our rights," he said.

The 500-year-old religion was founded in what was now part of Most Sikhs left for India after both countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Around 20,000 Sikhs remain in today, most in the restive northwest regions, which have been rocked by an Islamist insurgency for more than a decade, forcing many to leave their homes in the tribal areas on the Afghan border for the city of Peshawar.

Tony said he had written to the Chief Justice of and the Chief Justices of the Peshawar and Sindh High Courts requesting that the community be counted as an official religion.

When contacted, a spokesperson for the exercise, Habibullah Khan, admitted that it was a mistake on the part of the authorities.

"Yes, a sizable population of Sikhs are living in Pakistan, but have we missed them in the census," he told Dawn.

He said the forms had been printed in 2007 and only five religions had been included on the recommendation of a 120-member technical committee.

He conceded that the Sikh population may have been marginal in 2007, but their population had increased with the passage of time.

--IANS

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Members and leaders of the Sikh community in Peshawar expressed their disappointment at being "left out" of the national census, saying they feared their community would not be adequately represented in Pakistan's first national headcount in 19 years.

Members and leaders of the Sikh community in Peshawar expressed their disappointment at being "left out" of the national census, saying they feared their community would not be adequately represented in Pakistan's first national headcount in 19 years.

"The concerned department has not included the Sikh minority in the ongoing count. It is not only unfortunate for us, it is also a point of great concern for the community to have been missed out in the counting exercise," Radesh Sing Tony, chairman of a Sikh committee, told the Dawn on Saturday.

He complained that a sizeable number of Sikhs was living in Pakistan, but the community was not counted among the religions included in the form.

He noted that Sikhs would be counted under the "other" religion category in the form, which would not provide an accurate picture of the Sikh population.

"This is an injustice, we are being deprived of our rights," he said.

The 500-year-old religion was founded in what was now part of Most Sikhs left for India after both countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Around 20,000 Sikhs remain in today, most in the restive northwest regions, which have been rocked by an Islamist insurgency for more than a decade, forcing many to leave their homes in the tribal areas on the Afghan border for the city of Peshawar.

Tony said he had written to the Chief Justice of and the Chief Justices of the Peshawar and Sindh High Courts requesting that the community be counted as an official religion.

When contacted, a spokesperson for the exercise, Habibullah Khan, admitted that it was a mistake on the part of the authorities.

"Yes, a sizable population of Sikhs are living in Pakistan, but have we missed them in the census," he told Dawn.

He said the forms had been printed in 2007 and only five religions had been included on the recommendation of a 120-member technical committee.

He conceded that the Sikh population may have been marginal in 2007, but their population had increased with the passage of time.

--IANS

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(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Pakistan's Sikh community disappointed at being 'left out' from census

Members and leaders of the Sikh community in Peshawar expressed their disappointment at being "left out" of the national census, saying they feared their community would not be adequately represented in Pakistan's first national headcount in 19 years.

"The concerned department has not included the Sikh minority in the ongoing count. It is not only unfortunate for us, it is also a point of great concern for the community to have been missed out in the counting exercise," Radesh Sing Tony, chairman of a Sikh committee, told the Dawn on Saturday.

He complained that a sizeable number of Sikhs was living in Pakistan, but the community was not counted among the religions included in the form.

He noted that Sikhs would be counted under the "other" religion category in the form, which would not provide an accurate picture of the Sikh population.

"This is an injustice, we are being deprived of our rights," he said.

The 500-year-old religion was founded in what was now part of Most Sikhs left for India after both countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Around 20,000 Sikhs remain in today, most in the restive northwest regions, which have been rocked by an Islamist insurgency for more than a decade, forcing many to leave their homes in the tribal areas on the Afghan border for the city of Peshawar.

Tony said he had written to the Chief Justice of and the Chief Justices of the Peshawar and Sindh High Courts requesting that the community be counted as an official religion.

When contacted, a spokesperson for the exercise, Habibullah Khan, admitted that it was a mistake on the part of the authorities.

"Yes, a sizable population of Sikhs are living in Pakistan, but have we missed them in the census," he told Dawn.

He said the forms had been printed in 2007 and only five religions had been included on the recommendation of a 120-member technical committee.

He conceded that the Sikh population may have been marginal in 2007, but their population had increased with the passage of time.

--IANS

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(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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