World Sikh Organization raises Sikh Shrine occupation issue with Pakistan President

    OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The World Sikh Organization has learned of
the occupation of Gurdwara Bhai Taru Singh at Naulakha Bazaar, Lahore by
certain "hooligans". These individuals have also denied Sikh visitors access
to the Gurdwara Sahib and have apparently defaced the shrine as well.
    The situation is of great concern to the Sikh community worldwide.
Pakistan is home to many historical Sikh shrines such as the birthplace of
Guru Nanak Sahib at Nankana Sahib, Punja Sahib at Hassan Abdal and many
others. Thousands of Sikhs come every year to worship at these shrines. The
Evacuee Trust Property Board has been looking after Sikh Shrines in Pakistan
for 60 years now. It is of great importance to the Sikh community worldwide
that Sikh shrines continue to be protected and access is ensured for all those
who come to pay their respects.
    The WSO has written to President Musharraf of Pakistan asking him to
intervene and ensure that Gurdwara Bhai Taru Singh be restored to the Sikhs
and the "hooligans" be prevented from re-entering. The WSO trusts that the
Government of Pakistan will move quickly to resolve the situation and thus
help to build an even stronger relationship with the Sikh community worldwide
    WSO International President Ram Raghbir Singh Chahal said, "Sikhs accord
respect to all religions, and in turn expect that their religion be respected
and the Sikh Shrines be protected."

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