Im­ran for set­ting up var­sity in Guru Nanak’s name

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

CHANDI­GARH: Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has an­nounced to re­name Baloki For­est Re­serve in Nankana Sahib af­ter Guru Nanak, the first mas­ter of the Sikhs, and has also ex­pressed de­sire to es­tab­lish a uni­ver­sity in his name.

Im­ran made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing the launch cer­e­mony of a plan­ta­tion drive at Baloki in Nankana Sahib, the birth­place of Guru Nanak.

“I would like to re­quest the ad­min­is­tra­tion to name the Baloki For­est Re­serve af­ter Guru Nanak and also de­sire to es­tab­lish a uni­ver­sity in his name,” he twit­ted.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Im­ran said that Pak­istan be­longs to all cit­i­zens equally and his govern­ment will en­sure that Sikh pil­grims are fa­cil­i­tated for the 550th an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Im­ran also said that mas­sive ar­range­ments would be made on the 550th birth­day an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak this year. He even as­sured the Sikh com­mu­nity that all pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties will be pro­vided to them along the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor, which will link Gur­d­wara Dar­bar Sahib in Pak­istan’s Narowal dis­trict, the fi­nal rest­ing place of Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in In­dia’s Gur­daspur dis­trict.


Gopal Singh Chawla, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Pak­istan Sikh Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee and a prokhal­is­tani leader, was also in­vited for the launch of plan­ta­tion drive at Baloki.

Chawla had also met Pun­jab lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu when he vis­ited Pak­istan for the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor event. The mat­ter came to light af­ter the pro-khalistan sup­porter shared a pic­ture on his Face­book page.


Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) chief Me­hbooba Mufti Sun­day praised Im­ran Khan for tak­ing steps to name a for­est re­serve af­ter Guru Nanak, but hit out at the Cen­tre say­ing its “top pri­or­ity” seems to be re­nam­ing an­cient cities and build­ing Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya.

Im­ran Khan also an­nounced to re­name Baloki For­est Re­serve in Nankana Sahib af­ter Guru Nanak.

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