Pakistan may declare Panja Sahib as a holy city

Pakistani officials said the forum would endeavour to resolve all issues faced by the Sikhs living in Panja Sahib.


Web Desk June 14, 2013
Sikh Pilgrims performing religious duties at Gurdwara Panja Sahib on the occasion of Baba Guru Nanak Dev’s 543rd birth anniversary. PHOTO: INP

CHANDIGARH:


Arif Chaudhry, President of Pak-Indo friendship association and legal consulate ministry of interior on Friday hinted that the government may declare "Panja Sahib" as a holy city, Press Trust of India reported.


This decision was made known during Chaudhry's meeting with the Indian Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandrigarh.

He said the government is looking to resolve the issues faced by Sikhs who live at the pilgrimage site, Press Trust of India reported.

Panja Sahib is believed to contain a rock with the hand prints of the founder of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak. It is considered to be a holy pilgrimage site for Sikhs all over the world.

During his visit, Chaudhry also extended an invitation to Badal to attend a function arranged by the association marking the occasion in Pakistan, the timings of which would be confirmed in accordance with his availability.

Badal accepted the invitation and stated that he has always upheld the cause of strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries and has been a strong proponent of opening the Fazilka and Hussainiwal border.

He hoped the newly elected government in Pakistan would help improve ties between the countries so that cultural exchange avenues could be explored between the two.

Officials from Pakistan said the forum would endeavour to resolve all issues faced by the Sikhs living in Panja Sahib.

COMMENTS (19)

ModiFied | 8 years ago | Reply

Please declare Katas raj temple too as a Holy and protected area. handover the temple to Hindus as it is their most sacred place.

Deb; India | 8 years ago | Reply

@Riaz Ahmad

Excellent posts. Regards.

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