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PESHAWAR, 20 March: Members of the Sikh minority community on Monday protested against omission of their religion from the census form.

The community members gathered outside the Peshawar press club and held a protest demonstration against the government for not including Sikhism as a religion in the form of the ongoing census.

The protesters were holding placards inscribed with slogans against the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. They were also chanting slogans against the government for omitting Sikhism from the census form.

They said that the government mentioned all other religions in the census form but ignored Sikhism which is injustice to the community.

“We want to be counted in the ongoing census. It will allow us to know the exact number of Sikhs across the country,” said Dr. Chitandar Singh, who is also a member of the provincial youth assembly.

“Hundreds of thousands of Sikhs are living in Pakistan. If they are not counted and their exact number was not known, their problems will get multiplied,” he added.

He appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Prime Minister to take notice of the matter and include a dedicated box for Sikhism in the religion column of the census form.

He said that the members of Sikh community had rendered lots of services for Pakistan, adding the state should recognize their services.