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

IANS  |  Islamabad 

American-Sikh communities have urged the government to make sure that the Sahib Complex (KSC) is maintained in its original state.

The (ASC) in a statement on Monday said: "Any structural changes and/or additions to accommodate upcoming huge visitors either coming from India, or the Sikh living across globe by lodging to restrooms and more must be done at a distance, away from the main KSC so that the Sahib original farms, natural areas spread around 100 acres of land that belonged to Guru Sahibji, and the forest areas around the 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 Corridor for to visit the place where Guru Nanak Dev, the 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 (SIA) president, told Dawn news via phone that the 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 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!

Both ASC and SIA Presidents thanked the for opening the and taking "proactive step towards peace and amity of two people (Indian and Pakistani Punjab) who have so much in common, from language to food, from Punjabi poetry to clothes and so much more".

Kartarpur Sahib can be called the first Gurdwara which was established in 1521.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 10:44 IST
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