External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will take up the matter of alleged forced conversion of Sikhs in Pakistan's Hangu with Islamabad at the highest level. On December 16, Pakistani publication Tribune had reported that a government official was forcing members of the Sikh community in Hangu district to convert to Islam

NEW DELHI: External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of Sikhs being forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan's Hangu district and said she will take up the matter with Islamabad at the earliest. 

"We will take this up at the highest level with Government of Pakistan. Sikh community in Hangu being forced to convert," she said on Twitter, tagging the official handle of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan in the tweet. 


Earlier in the day, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had taken to Twitter to apprise Swaraj of the alleged forced conversions, urging her to take up the matter at the highest level with Pakistani authorities. 


On December 16, Pakistani publication Tribune had reported that a government official was forcing members of the Sikh community in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province's Hangu district to convert to Islam.

The community members have lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner of Hangu, alleging that they were being forced to convert to Islam by assistant commissioner Tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan.