Sunday 3 January 2010

India urges Pak to take action against Gurudwara land sale : Preneet Kaur


India urges Pak to take action
against Gurudwara land sale : Preneet Kaur


GAGANDEEP AHUJA
Sunday, 03 January 2010
PATIALA: Union minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur on Saturday said that Indian government has conveyed its concerns to Pakistan on the sale of pieces of land attached to Gurdwaras and urged Islamabad to look into the matter and take appropriate remedial action.
In an informal chat with presspersons she said that the matter related to incidents of sale of some of the land attached to Gurdwaras in Pakistan has caused concerns in India as well as in Sikhs.
She said that the Indian government has conveyed the concerns in this regard to the Pakistani government and requested them it to look into the matter.
Notably, the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB) has reportedly sold around 855 canals of land worth hundreds of crores of rupees on a nominal price. This includes nearly 811 canals in Lahore.
The sale violates the Nehru-Liaqat pact signed by the two Prime Ministers in 1950 in New Delhi.
PETPB has reportedly sold 855 kanals belonging to Gurdwara Deh and Samadh Bhai Mann Singh in Lahore to the Defence Housing Authority of Pakistan, 25 acres belonging to Gurdwara Bebe Nanaki Ji at Dera Chehal village and 307 Kanals at Hadbast Mauja Mota Singh Wala distict in Pakistan. The matter of these lands was raised in Parliament a few days ago and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had promised to take up the issue with Pakistan.
Earlier she inaugurated the newly constructed building at Patiala railway station. H.K. Jaggi, DRM, Northern railways, Ambala said on this occasion the newly constructed building was maintenance free with aesthetic look having provision of six counters & basic passenger amenities such as ATM, Touch Screen Enquiry system etc. without any alteration in the Heritage Structure of Station Building.
Railway has also future plans of development at this station such as landscaping and development of green patches in circulating area, Provision of Couch Guidance System, electronic train indicator boards etc, he added.
Others who were present on the occasion were RS Khatra, SSp Patiala, MP Singh, additional Principal secretary, Karan Singh, Sr. Divisional Manager, Northern railways, Ambala Cantt., Gurmel Singh personal secretary MoS.
District Congress leaders Prem Krishan Puri, K. K. Sharma etc. were also present

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