DNA India – Pakistan backing Khalistani sympathisers: India

DNA Correspondent

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan, 24 November 2018. India has raised an alarm over Khalistani sympathisers finding a voice in Pakistan during the visit of Sikh pilgrims to religious shrines on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday lodged a protest with Pakistan over the alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad and the denial of access to Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the shrines across the border.

The protest comes a day after the two countries agreed to develop a corridor on their respective side of the border to link a historic Sikh shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan.

The MEA said there were reports of attempts made during the pilgrims’ ongoing visit to “promote secessionist tendencies” with an aim to undermine India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

There were reports that pro-Khalistani banners were shown to the Indian pilgrims.

“Pakistan has been called upon to take all measures to not allow its territory be used for any hostile propaganda and support for secessionist tendencies against India, keeping in mind the commitments made under the Shimla Agreement, 1972 and endorsed in the Lahore Declaration, 1999,” the MEA said in a statement.

Despite having been granted prior travel permission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, the Consular officials of the High Commission of India in Islamabad were harassed and denied access on November 21-22 at Gurudwara Nankana Sahib and Gurudwara Sacha Sauda,” the MEA said in a statement.

The officials had no choice but to return to Islamabad without performing their diplomatic and consular duties vis-à-vis Indian pilgrims, it added.

New Delhi said this is the third consecutive visit of Indian Sikh pilgrims when Pakistan has prevented the Indian High Commission officials from meeting the Indian nationals on the pretext of security.



Sikh24.com – 549th Birthday Celebrations: Pakistan grants visa to 1227 Sikh devotees – 403 rejected

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 20 November 2018. The Pakistani High Commission has granted visa to 1227 Sikh devotees out of the total 1630 aspirant of celebrating the 549th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Nankana Sahib while visa applications of 403 others have been rejected.

It is learnt that the Sikh Jatha will depart for Pakistan tomorrow.

Sharing the development with media, the SGPC’s chief secretary Dr. Roop Singh said that the Pakistani consulate has hurt the Sikh sentiments by rejecting the visas of Sikh devotees in large number.

He added that the Pakistan government should increase the visa quota for the Sikhs residing in India keeping in view the upcoming 550th birthday celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. “Sikh pilgrims can collect their passports from the SGPC’s headquarter at Amritsar Sahib on November 20” he informed.

Dr. Roop Singh further informed that the Sikh pilgrims will reach at Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib on November 21 and will pay obeisance at Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, Mandi Chuhadkana on November 22.

“After celebrating the 549th birthday at Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib on November 23, the Sikh pilgrims will have glimpses of various other historic Sikh shrines in Pakistan and will come back to India on November 30″ he added.

“SGPC members Amarjit Singh Bhalaipur and Bibi Swarn Kaur will head the Sikh pilgrims this year, while in-charge Karanjit Singh will manage the administrative affairs of the Sikh pilgrims” he said.


Dawn – Two Rescue 1122 workers suspended over alleged sexual assault of Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib

Bilal Ahmed

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan, 29 October 2018. Two Rescue 1122 workers have been suspended over their alleged involvement in the suspected sexual assault of a Sikh teenage girl at Nankana Sahib on October 27, a district emergency officer said on Monday.

The officer, Akram Panwaar, said that a high-level committee has also been created to investigate the incident and once the crime was proven, strong departmental action would be taken against the rescue officials.

According to the medico-legal examination report, no tears, bruises or laceration were found in the examination of the victims body. However, the girl will be taken to Lahore today for further tests.

The results of the tests will arrive in a minimum time frame of two months, said Investigative Officer Basharat Ali, adding that the suspects would be kept in custody on physical remand for further investigation.

According to the first information report (FIR) registered with the City Nankana Sahib police by the victim’s family, the 15-year-old girl, who was also mentally challenged, went missing on Sunday.

The family looked for her everywhere but found no trace.

At around 1:30 am, the family members of the girl found a Rescue 1122 ambulance parked by the roadside for long time which looked suspicious. When probed further, the found both the suspects committing the crime with their daughter.

The FIR added that when the victim’s family made noise, the suspects drove the ambulance away, threw the victim near a sugar mill on Nankana Road and escaped.

A spokesperson for the district police on Monday said that the suspects had been arrested after a case was registered against them in the City police station.

The spokesperson added that an investigation was being launched on the complaints of the Sikh community.

He added that all requirements to bring justice will be undertaken.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also took notice of the incident on Sunday, saying: “Abuse of vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated. Was forwarded a case of abuse of a differently-abled Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib. FIR has been registered and the SHO informed us they have arrested two persons in the case”.


Sikh24.com – Pakistani Sikhs Stage Protest against Killings of Afghan Sikh Leaders in Jalalabad

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan, 07 July 2018. In protest of the targeted killings of Afghan Sikh leaders in a suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad, the Pakistan resident Sikhs held a demonstration at Gurdwara Janam Asthan Sri Nankana Sahib under the leadership of the former PSGPC president S. Bishan Singh.

The peaceful demonstration was held following the culmination of a religious program organized for the spiritual peace of the departed Afghan Sikh leaders.

The Sikh protesters were carrying placards having slogans like “Deliver Justice to Afghan Sikh Leaders”, “Stop Target Killings”, “Stop Committing Atrocities on Afghan Sikhs”, “Deliver justice to the families of deceased Sikh Leaders” etc. The slogans were written on the placards in Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi script.

Interacting with media, the former PSGPC president S. Bishan Singh strongly criticized the suicide bomb attack carried out on Afghan Sikh leaders in Jalalabad.

He informed that S. Narinder Singh, son of deceased Sikh leader S. Avtar Singh Khalsa, has been appointed as new leader Sikh and Hindu minorities in Pakistan and the Sikh masses of Pakistan will support him in every possible way.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Sikh masses of Pakistan have laid Sri Akhand Path Sahib at Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib (Hasan Abdal) and Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh (Peshawar) of Pakistan for the spiritual peace of departed Afghan Sikh leaders.


NewsBytes – Hafiz Saeed’s MML woes Pakistani Sikhs ahead of elections

Gogona Saikia

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 May 2018. Hafiz Saeed, JuD chief and alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, is now wooing Pakistani Sikhs ahead of general elections.

To that effect, the Milli Muslim League (MML), JuD’s political front, held a convention at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

MML is reportedly fielding candidates in most constituencies, despite it still not being registered by the Election Commission.

The formation of the MML and its rise

Saeed’s JuD formed the MML last August to “get (their) message to the grassroots”.

Despite non-recognition, MML candidates Yaqoob Sheikh and Liaqat Khan contested by-elections in Lahore and Peshawar and diverted votes from the ruling PML-N.

Saeed has also disclosed his plans to contest the 2018 general elections.

Earlier this month, the US designated MML a ‘terrorist organization.’

PSGPC comes out in support of MML

Saeed and the MML now have the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) backing it.

So much so, that when his brother-in-law used objectionable language against Guru Nanak at a Multan rally a few days ago, the PSGPC didn’t even condemn it.

PSGPC General Secretary Gopal Singh Chawla is known to share close ties with Saeed since before; he has often posted their pictures together on social media.

MML leaders “spewed venom against India” at MML event

With Chawla’s help, the MML convention was held at Nankana Sahib Saturday, attended by Saeed and MML-president Saifullah Khalid.

The event was the ground for many anti-India comments.

“Sikhs are a brave nation but atrocities are being committed against it in India,” Saeed said.

TOI quoted sources as saying that Gopal, Saeed and Khalid also raked up Kashmir and Khalistan to attack India.

So does Saeed have the support of Pakistan’s Sikhs?

According to a Peshawar-based Sikh leader, only a handful of Sikhs support the MML, especially those living in the Nankana Sahib and Lahore regions. Apart from them, most Pakistani Sikhs are against the JuD and Saeed’s other terrorist outfit, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, he added.


Sikh24.com – 388th Birthday of Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji celebrated in Pakistan

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib-Panjab-Pakistan, 5 February 2018. The 388th birth anniversary of seventh Sikh master Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji was celebrated on February 2 with full enthusiasm and devotion by the Pakistani Sikh sangat at Gurdwara Sri Mal Ji Sahib. This celebration was attended by large number of devotees from Sri Nankana Sahib and neighboring areas.

Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, religious program was organized on this eve in which several Raagi and Dhadi Jathas addressed the religious discourse.

With the support of Sikh sangat of Janam Asthan Sri Nankana Sahib, former Granthi Rawel Singh laid the foundation stone of Langar Hall building.

Gurdwara Mal ji sahib is in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan and near the local railway station but closer to this famous town associated with the founder of Sikhi, Guru Nanak. Mal (also called jal and van) is tree with a lot of shade.

It is said that once as Rai Bular was riding among the fields in this area, he saw young Guru Nanak Dev Ji sleeping in the shade of a mal tree. What struck Rai Bular was that the shade of the tree had not moved away from the sleeper as the movement and position of the sun warranted.

According to another version, the shade had moved away from the Guru but a large cobra had spread its huge hood over his face so that his sleep was not interrupted. This miracle and the incident related to Kiara Sahib convinced Rai Bular of the spiritual eminence of Guru Nanak Dev Ji whose devotee he became.


Sikh24.com – Pakistani Sikhs celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Parkash Purab with Fervor

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib-Panjab-Pakistan, 8 January 2018. The 351st birth anniversary of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh Ji was celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee on January 5 at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib (Pakistan).

Following the culmination of Sri Akhand Path Sahib on January 5, various local Raagi Jathas addressed and delighted the present Sikh masses with recitation of Gurbani verses in melodious tones and addressed the religious discourse.

A special competition themed on Sikh religion was also held among the students of Guru Nanak Ji Public School by Yang Singh Sewa Society.

Speaking to Sikh24, Sardar Harmeet Singh informed that the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee had been marking the Gurpurabs as per basic Nanakshahi calendar and will keep on following the similar trend in future too.

Entire portion of Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib (Pakistan) was beautifully decorated with flowers and special lighting was done to make it shine in the night. All the devotees enjoyed the various dishes cooked in the Langar of Gurdwara Sahib.


The Times of India – Pakistan Sikhs object to tomb at Mardana’s birthplace

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 14 November 2017. Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has stalled the work for the construction of a memorial to Bhai Mardana, companion of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev. The foundation stone for the memorial was laid a year ago.

Santa Singh Mallawala, jatha leader of International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, told TOI on Monday that they were surprised to know that the ETPB had not begun construction of memorial to Bhai Mardana which was to be constructed at his birth place in Gurdwara Bal Leela complex in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.

“Upon inquiry we found that the Sikhs of Nankana Sahib had objected on construction of tomb as memorial of Bhai Mardana,” he said, adding that if a tomb was constructed Muslims would also visit the Gurdwara complex and that was not acceptable to the local Sikhs as it could lead to several social issues.

Bhai Mardana society president Harpal Singh Bhullar said the Society had written letters to office bearers of the PSGPC and the ETPB to construct a a suitable structure to mark the place.

Bhai Mardana belongs to Sikhs and Muslims, if you want a memorial to honour him you should involve Sikhs and (Sufi) Muslims
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Sikh24.com – More than 3000 Sikhs Granted Access To Nankana Sahib

Nankana Sahib – Panjab – Pakistan

Sikh24 Editors

Ferozepur-Panjab-India, 29 September 2017. More than 3000 Indian Sikhs have been granted a 10 days visa by the Pakistan government to celebrate the 548th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, at Nankana Sahib, in West Punjab, Pakistan.

These Sikh pilgrims will depart for Pakistan from Attari Railway Station on November 2.

According to information shared by the Bhai Mardana Memorial Kirtan Darbar Society, the Sikh pilgrims will be directly routed to Nankana Sahib, to Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. Then congregation will be routed towards Hasan Abdal to have a glimpse of Gurdwara Panja Sahib.

Following this, Sikh pilgrims will be brought to Lahore to visit Gurdwara Dehra Sahib. For the remainder of the visit, the Sikh pilgrims will also be allowed pay obeisance at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, Gurdwara Rodi Sahib, Bhai Lalo Di Khuhi (Aimnabad), returning back to India on November 11.

The President Harpal Singh Bhullar of the BMMKDS has appealed for 400 pilgrims to carry five plates and five glasses with ‘Gurdwara Nankana Sahib’ inscribed on it. He has further said that if any pilgrim would like to donate big utensils like cooking vessels or cauldrons then these can easily be transported in an open cabin of train.


Sikh24.com – SGPC Asks Pakistan To Not Shift Guru Nanak University’s Location

Sikh24 Editors

Amritsar-Panjab-India, 8 September 2017. Reacting to the news of Pakistant deciding to move Baba Guru Nanak University’s site from Sri Nankana Sahib to Muridke (Shekhupura, West Punjab), the SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has voiced to the Pakistani government that the University ought to be established in the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has said that the move to establish a University by the Pakistani government was an appreciable step but by shifting its location, the Pakistan government has drawn sharp criticism by the local masses as well as the Sikh community.

He added that the move has hurt Sikh sentiments as the worldwide Sikh community was preparing to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh master Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Nankana Sahib.

Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar has also written a letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj appealing them to rake up matter with their Pakistani counterparts.

He has written in the letter that the sentiments of entire Sikh community were attached to the Baba Guru Nanak University so the Indian government should ask the Pakistan government to rollback its decision of shifting University site.