Posted by: Singh Is King | Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SGPC locks horns with Pak board and writes to president Pervez

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 A view of Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru at Naulakha Bazar, Lahore.

The SGPC has locked horns with the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board following a ban on the entry of Sikhs at Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru at Naulakha Bazar, Lahore.

In a press note issued here today, SGPC chief Avtar Singh described the incident as most unfortunate which was in violation of the pact signed between both countries. The SGPC chief alleged that the board had failed to preserve and maintain gurdwaras. He held it responsible for the hooliganism at the Sikh shrine in Lahore.

The SGPC has sent missives to President Pervez Musharraf and sought his intervention to safeguard the Sikhs and their shrines in Pakistan. The SGPC chief has also urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the matter with his Pakistani counterpart.

The Daily Times, a leading daily newspaper of Pakistan, had yesterday reported that the entry of Sikh devotees into the gurdwara had been banned. The gurdwara had been in control of the board for the past 60 years. As per the report of the daily, the Sikhs claim that local hooligans had taken over their shrine at the behest of the board. However, the board’s chairman Lieut- Gen Zulfiqar Ali Khan (retd) said the gurdwara contained the shrine of a saint and it was open to both communities.

According to the daily, Sikhs’ religious symbols had been removed and replaced with those of Islam. A plaque giving details of the pir’s identity had also been put up on one of the walls.

The daily learnt that the hooligans ‘took over’ the temple after its former guard dreamt that Pir Shah Kaku had urged him to keep the Sikhs away from the temple. The board removed him after he disclosed his dream to officials.

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