Canadian MP's across party lines condemn beheadings by Taliban
A Canadian based Human rights Organization SAHRA (South Asians For Human Rights Association) is appealing for the release of the three Sikh captives by Taliban in Pakistan.
Pakistani Taliban had ruthlessly beheaded Jaspal Singh and Mahal Singh on Sunday while two others - Gurjit Singh and Gurvinder Singh - are still in their custody and are threatened of the same fate if they dont convert to Islam and pay a ransom.In a report by Times of India Jaspal's cousin, Taranjit, who lives in Lahore, has been in India for the past three weeks on a pilgrimage. He revealed that the kidnapping of Sikhs by Taliban was not only for money, but also to threaten the small Sikh community of Pakistan to embrace Islam.
SAHRA Chair Roger Nair
Speaking on Radio Voice Today appealed to the Canadian as well as all foreign governments to work on reminding the Pakistan Government`s promise and their Moral and legal Duty of protecting their citizens especially the Minorities that consist of Christians,Sikhs and Hindus.`even though the beheading have been a very tragic incident, and needs all the condemnation we could, We should also not sway from the fact that two Sikhs Gurvinder Singh and Gurjit Singh as well as Robin Singh are still in Taliban captivity and to get them released should be on top of everyone`s list as well as the safety of the rest of the targeted minority groups.`said the film maker.
Canadian (Conservative) MP Tim uppal:
Speaking on a Radio Voice interview along with film maker and Human rights activist Roger Nair today, MP Tim uppal condemned the killings, calling them a very sad incident as well said that he will be talking to the highest levels of canadian government in Canada and in Pakistan to put pressure on the Government of Pakistan to act upon facilitating the release of the held Sikh captives.Mr. Tim Uppal also stressed the fact that Minister of minority affairs Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti had vowed to protect the minorities in pakistan both at a SAHRA round table in May 2009 in Toronto and in Pakistan in a private meeting with Mr. Uppal in Pakistanand clearly he has not been able to deliver on his promise.Mr. Tim Uppal was the first Canadian MP to go into the region after the displacement started and visited the refugees (IDP's ) first hand
Liberal MP Gurbax Malhi in an email statement to SAHRA
"I strongly condemn this inhuman act. The
ongoing human right violations that are affecting the minorities - most
recently the Sikh community - in north-western Pakistan require the
immediate attention of the Canadian Government. Innocent lives are
senselessly taken as minorities are not provided with the protection they
need against the atrocities of Taliban. The Government of Canada must take
the issue with the Government of Pakistan so that appropriate protection is
provided to minority groups, and also ensure that the refugee applications
from Pakistan's affected minorities are sped up. Allowing this human
rights tragedy to continue is intolerable."
Brampton Lawyer Shan Padda says,`It is the legal and moral responsibility of the Government of pakistan to protect their minorities and do everything in their power to save the lives of the Sikh Captives from Taliban as well as bringing the murderers of Jaspal and Mahal Singh`s Killers to justice.
SAHRA meaning ("to lean on" in Hindi,Urdu or Punjabi) is a Human Rights Organization that helps spread the knowledge of Human rights.There are 30 human rights under the UN charter but the awareness is generally not there.
SAHRA is dedicated to helping individuals and or group of individuals whose human rights have been violated.
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May 2009 conference with the Pakistani Minister for Minority affairs in Toronto