Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Like the PHF, the Sikhs have also demanded that a high-level inquiry be launched against Sindh Minority Affairs Minister Mohan Lal Kohistani for “misappropriating ministry funds.” A representative body of the Sikh community in Sindh, Sikh Naujawan Sabah Pakistan (SNSP) in a meeting on Tuesday said that the government should include Kohistani’s name in the exit-control list and start an inquiry against him.
A large number of Sikhs from different cities attended the meeting. Addressing the occasion, SNSP president Sardar Ramesh Singh said that Sikhs were the third biggest minority of Sindh but were always ignored in developmental projects and in terms of security.
“The Sindh government has decided that Kohistani be reinstated even after proposed cuts in the size of the provincial cabinet under the 18th Amendment. We are surprised that after corruption of millions of rupees in the funds of financial assistance and development projects of Hindus temples, churches and Gurdwaras, how they could allow him to carry on,” said Singh.
He alleged that Kohistani had never visited any area or provided security to religious festivals of any minority communities. “Several temples and Gurdwaras were occupied recently and kidnapping of Sindhi Hindus for ransom is on the rise, but despite several requests Kohistani did nothing,” said the SNSP president.