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Pakistani Sikhs To Protest Against Plaza Construction On Gurdwara Land ; Dal Khalsa Appealed Pak Government To Intervene

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Pakistani Sikhs to protest against plaza construction on gurdwara land ; Dal Khalsa appealed Pak government to intervene

Gurpreet Singh Mehak

Thursday, 24 March 2011

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Much to the embarrassment for the government of Pakistan the Sikhs are all set to stage a protest in Lahore on Friday over the construction of a plaza on gurdwara land.

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh appealed to the Pak government to intervene and resolve the matter as the site had religious significance for the Sikh community. He said Sikhs are in tiny-minority in Pakistan and it was for the government to protect their rights and interests.

According to former Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Perbandhak Committee (PSGPC) President Sardar Bishon Singh if the government failed to stop the construction of a plaza over Gurdwara Deewan Khana, Indian Sikhs would join their protest and send delegations to Pakistan to record their disapproval. He said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani after meeting an Indian Sikh delegation in November 2010 had instructed the ETPB to stop the construction of the plaza on the land.

The EPTB had complied with the order at that time, but a part of the gurdwara was demolished and the construction was resumed on March 19,he added. As per Bishon Singh, if religious sites were not protected in the country, it would be a violation of the Constitution besides being an international embarrassment for Pakistan.

It has been reported that the deal to build a plaza on the gurdwara land had been struck with the nine tenants, who had temporary shops near the gurdwara for many years.

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