LAHORE - The government suspects that the Sikh community and their places of worship could be the next target of Taliban after the deadly attacks on a Peshawar church.

In the view of the likely threat, the Interior Ministry has issued instructions to the provincial home departments to beef up security at all Gurdwaras under their respective jurisdiction.

In line with the instructions from the Federal government, Punjab government has directed Commissioner Lahore division to chalk out a security plan to protect the sacred places of Sikh community especially the Gurdwara Gurunanak Singh at Nankana Sahib.

It has also directed all Commissioners and Regional Police Officers to sit together and devise ways and means of providing security to the minorities and their places of worship.

The Interior Ministry has also asked the provincial governments to seek cooperation of religious scholars and the NGOs to safeguard the places of worship.  In this connection, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan would soon start meeting the representative delegations from all religions to seek their cooperation on the issue.