July 12, 2018:
In an outrageous display of discrimination against minorities in Pakistan, Gulab Singh Shaheen, First Sikh Traffic Police Officer of Pakistan, and his family members were allegedly kicked out of their house in Dera Chahal village by officials of Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB).
He had been appointed as a Traffic Police Officer in 2006.
Officials forced open his turban and manhandled him.
Gulab Singh stated that,“I was pulled by my hair and dragged out in front of my wife Paramjit Kaur and three sons. This is how Sikhs are treated in Pakistan”.
On April 4 this year, PETPB officials had thrashed Singh in a bid to kick him out of his house. Singh had been on medical leave ever since.
He further alleged that he was assaulted at the behest of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) President Tara Singh. PETPB is the parent body of PSGPC.
“He stated that,”I had obtained a stay from court. The next hearing was on July 18. The house has been with my family since 1947 and we have been duly paying bills,” he said.
Singh further accused the PETPB officials of disrespecting his religion. “My faith was disrespected. If they wanted me to evict the house, they could have sent me a notice,” he said.
PETPB, however, said that it had sought police assistance to take action against all personnel occupying PETPB properties and help clear Gurdwara Chaal Langar Hall of illegal occupants.