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Pak. forms high-level panel to hold talks with Sikhs over girl’s conversion

Under pressure, the government in Pakistan’s Punjab province has constituted a high-level committee to negotiate with Sikhs angry over the abduction and forced conversion of a teenage girl from the community.

The girl’s family alleged that she was converted to Islam at gunpoint and forced to marry a Muslim boy. The girl’s advocate says she converted and married of her own will. An FIR has been registered against six people in the case, Muhammad Jamil, Nankana City Police Investigation Officer said.

1 suspect arrested

Police have arrested one of the suspects named Arsalan, a friend of the prime accused Mohammad Hassan who married the Sikh girl. The girl was sent to a shelter home in Lahore on Friday on the court’s order.

The Punjab government has formed a high-level committee led by Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat which has been sent to Nanakana Sahib, some 80 km from Lahore, to calm the situation. The panel will negotiate with a 30-member committee formed by Pakistan’s Sikhs over the incident.

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