70 years after Pak-India split, Sikhs search for home

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 17:02:05

70 years after Pak-India split, Sikhs search for home

Seventy years after the Indian subcontinent was partitioned by the departing British, Pakistan’s Sikhs say neither India nor Pakistan feels like home for a young generation searching for peace and security elsewhere.

Sikhs form a tiny minority in Pakistan and most live in the conservative northwest that borders Afghanistan. For centuries they lived in peace with their Muslim countrymen until jihad and Islamic radicalism turned their neighbors against them.

Relations with Hindus, meanwhile, broke down in 1984 when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.

Some Pakistani Sikhs say they are eyed with suspicion in both countries, and that young people now want to move away from the subcontinent entirely.


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