Amer­i­can-sikhs urge Pak­istan to main­tain Kar­tarpur com­plex in orig­i­nal state

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Islamabad: Amer­i­can-sikh com­mu­ni­ties have urged the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment to make sure that the Kar­tarpur Sahib Com­plex (KSC) is main­tained in its orig­i­nal state. The Amer­i­can Sikh Coun­cil (ASC) in a state­ment on Mon­day said: “Any struc­tural changes and/or ad­di­tions to ac­com­mo­date up­com­ing huge vis­i­tors ei­ther com­ing from In­dia, Pak­istan or the Sikh di­as­pora liv­ing across globe by lodg­ing to re­strooms and more must be done at a dis­tance, away from the main KSC so that the Kar­tarpur Sahib orig­i­nal farms, nat­u­ral ar­eas spread around 100 acres of land that be­longed to Guru Sahibji, and the for­est ar­eas around the River Ravi can re­tain as much of its orig­i­nal­ity as pos­si­ble.

“This needs to be pre­served in its orig­i­nal land­scape for pos­ter­ity.” The ap­peal was made in the back­ground of re­cent de­vel­op­ment where both Pak­istani and In­dian gov­ern­ments agreed to open up the Kar­tarpur Cor­ri­dor for Sikhs to visit the place where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spent 18.5 years of his life as a farmer, hus­band, fa­ther while spread­ing the word of love, hu­man­ism, uni­ver­sal sis­ter­hood and brother­hood.

Gur­das Singh, ASC pres­i­dent, and Gurinder Pal Singh, Sikh in Amer­ica (SIA) pres­i­dent, told Dawn news via phone that the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment might change the orig­i­nal arche­o­log­i­cal and cul­tural struc­ture and lawns of the com­plex. Gurinder Pal Singh said they feared that in the name of de­vel­op­ment some­times orig­i­nal and his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture were not be­ing taken care of by con­trac­tors.

“Such ef­forts must be and should be kept at bay with­out com­pro­mis­ing orig­i­nal struc­ture spread across 100 acres,” he told Dawn.

He said Sikhs ev­ery­where yearned to visit Kar­tarpur and see the fields that their “Guru” tilled with his own hands, the place where he lived, the trees he sat un­der and feel and touch their fore­head on the same dusty soil that their Guru walked on!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.