Friday, 14 November 2008

PM orders acquisition of land for Baba Guru Nanak University

Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani issues instructions for the acquisition of land for the Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib.

He told as a delegation of Sikh pilgrims representing various Sikh organisations based in Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and the Indian Held Kashmir, the Pakistan government would protect the rights of minorities.

He said efforts were being made by the government to make the Sikh pilgrims feel at home during their visit to religious shrines in Pakistan.

The prime minister told the delegation that the demands of the Sikh pilgrims, like commencement of direct PIA flights between Birmingham and Lahore, and the issuance of double entry visa to the Yatrees by Pakistan’s diplomatic missions abroad, had already been implemented.

He said the government was paying special attention to preserving religious and cultural heritage of Sikhs. The prime minister said special allocations were being made for the renovation and maintenance of their sacred places in Pakistan.

Sardar Manmohan Singh Khalsa, a leader of Southall based World Muslim-Sikh Federation, emphasised the need for Sikh-Muslim unity in the region. He said India-Pakistan relations had no effects on the ties between the Sikh community and the people of Pakistan.

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