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Historic Sikh Gurdwara in Pakistan feared to be illegally encroached

June 21, 2013 | By

Lahore, Pakistan (June 21, 2013): As per certain media reports in yet another disappointing incident, a land mafia in Pakistani has sought for the illegal selling of land falling under the premises of a Sikh Gurdwara. The 2 story building of Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Sahiwal is feared to be bulldozed any time during the upcoming week. The Gurdwara is located in the commercial zone at a distance of 250 km from Sahiwal and it will be illegally sold to construct a plaza in its place.

Gurdwara Singh Sahib Sahiwal, Pakistan

Gurdwara Singh Sahib Sahiwal, Pakistan

According to a news reported by Sikh24.Com: “[a] deal of 5 crore for the land has been made by the Former Counselor of PML-N Party Romana Safdar Gujari. Interestingly the party is supported by Retired Captain Mohammed Safdar who is the son in law of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif. With the recent winning of elections, the local Sikhs as well as press reporters are giving their full support to the PM’s party”.

According to a news reported by a Punjabi vernacular – Daily Ajit: “While talking to the press, Surinder Kochhar (historian) exposed around 15 colored photographs stating that all sort of illegal and prohibited activities are being performed in the Gurdwara building. He has appealed to the Punjab Government and SGPC to look into and solve the matter”.

As per Sikh24.Com: “the selling of land is not only a complete violation of the law but also a disturbing event on the part of the Pakistani government to hurt the religious sentiments of Sikhs”.

As per information: SGPC President Avtar Makkar has appealed to the Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to put an end to this illegal bid. He alleged that the Gurdwaras in Pakistan are property of the Sikh community and it is responsibility of the Pakistan Government to protect them. Currently, many other Gurdwaras in Pakistan have been illegally occupied.

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