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Sikh anchor contemplating leaving Pakistan after threats

The Times of India logo The Times of India 22-01-2021 Yudhvir Rana
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AMRITSAR: Distressed over receiving intimidating calls from jail coupled with alleged police inaction, Harmeet Singh, a Sikh news anchor of Pakistan is contemplating leaving the nation for the safety and security of his family.

"I will be left with no other option but to leave Pakistan for good if police don’t take action against a murder accused. He is threatening me and my family", said Harmeet while talking to TOI over the phone from Islamabad on Friday.

While clarifying that migrating to India was not an option, he said he may explore the option of migrating to some other country.

Notably, in January 2020, Harmeet’s younger brother Parwinder was shot dead in Peshawar where he had arrived from his native town of Chakesar in Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier it was believed that Parwinder was shot dead by terrorists but the police investigation led to the arrest of Parwinder’s fiancé Prem Kumari, her boyfriend Eijaz, and another person Ibrahim.

"Both Prem Kumari and Eijaz are out on bail while Ibrahim is still lodged in the Mardan jail from where he makes threatening calls to me and my family from government number," said Harmeet.

He said pressure was being mounted upon him and his family members by the accused to strike a compromise. "But we don’t want a compromise but justice," he said.

He said he had given a police complaint but the police had not taken any action on his complaint. However, he said that the bar association of the Supreme Court had assured to extend every possible help to him and his family.

Meanwhile, shiromani gurdwara parbandhak committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur has written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and governor of Pakistan’s Punjab Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar asking them to ensure the safety and security of Harmeet and his family members. "It’s unfortunate that the Pakistan government has so far not taken any action against the persons who are issuing threats to a turbaned Sikh" she said.

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