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Imran says no to structures near Kartarpur gurdwara

March 21, 2019 06:48 AM

COURTESY HT MARCH 21

Imran says no to structures near Kartarpur gurdwara
It will be a cup of joy for 12 crore ‘Nanak naam laivas’ (followers) who will get to see the fields the guru ploughed with his own hands in their pristine form
NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU, Punjab local bodies minister

CHANDIGARH/ISLAMABAD: Acting on a request from his cricketer-friend and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government has decided not to construct any structures on 30 acres near Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur that was used by Guru Nanak for farming.

Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry said this decision was made at a meeting chaired on Tuesday to review progress of work on the Kartarpur Corridor, which will be opened to Indian pilgrims in November. The development came amid differences between the two countries on several issues, including a cap proposed by Islamabad on the number of pilgrims to be allowed through the corridor every day and a paid permit system.

The request for preserving the area was made by Sidhu in a letter (dated January 20th) to the Government of Pakistan.

Sidhu, who is recovering from viral fever, described the gesture as exemplary. “It will be a cup of joy for 12 crore ‘Nanak naam laivas’ (followers) who will get to see the fields the guru ploughed with his own hands in their pristine form,” he said. will inspire generations to come. The guru grew wheat and sugarcane there and wheat from the land is used in the langar at the Kartarpur gurdwara,” he added.

In his letter, Sidhu had requested imran not to allow building of any new concrete structures in the 104 acres of land that surrounds the Kartarpur gurudwara for preserving the sanctity of the historic Sikh shrine. “Its pristine landscape should not be altered for tourist comforts or commercialisation. The land tilled by the guru can be used for organic farming of crops that can be served in the langar,” the letter had said.

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