Attari, Nov.17 (ANI): The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the prime representative body of the Sikhs, raised issues relating to the upkeep and maintenance of Sikh shrines in Pakistan with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
This information was revealed by SGPC member and Jatha leader Ram Pal Singh Beniwal upon his return to Amritsar on Thursday.
The delegation met with Gilani during their visit to Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikhism.t is pertinent to mention here that there were reports of plans to sell off Sikh shrine land to a private builder in Pakistan.
The Sikh delegation presented a memorandum to Prime Minister Gilani , drawing his attention towards the issue of a private builder of Rawalpindi claiming ownership of the Sikh shrine managed by the Education Department of Pakistan's Punjab province.
The builder had claimed that his company owned the land and had paid huge amounts for the construction of a plaza on the land.
The SGPC demanded that the Pakistan Government of Pakistan must enhance security around Sikh shrines across the country and called on Islamabad to respect the rights of minorities.
Beniwal said that Gilani had assured them that he would take appropriate steps to insure the safety and security of Sikh shrines in Pakistan.
The Sikh delegation visited several Sikh shrines in Pakistan, including Nanakana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh community.
The Sikh delegation urged the Pakistan government to grant Sikh pilgrims specific visas to visit other Sikh holy places in Pakistan. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)