Nankana Sahib kar seva begins
The traditional clod-breaking ceremony was performed by Baba Jagtar Singh ‘karsevawalley’ Tarn Taran in the presence of Baba Amrik Singh, Mr Harwinder Singh of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Mr Prithpal Singh, president, American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC), Mr Manmohan Singh Khalsa, UK-based leader of Dal Khalsa and Mr Avtar Singh Sanghera.
The ceremony was attended among others by officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) officials, including Mr Izhar-Ul-Hassan, Additional Secretary (Special), ETPB.
Mr Amrik Singh while talking to The Tribune from Pakistan today said the first kar seva of the holy sarovar at the birth place was undertaken by Baba Gurmukh Singh in 1934. The kar seva continued till 1946.
Along with the kar seva of sarovar, other renovations would also be undertaken of the shrine, including white-washing of walls, maintenance, clearing of old plaster besides undertaking structural maintenance work on the historic shrine.
Earlier, a delegation comprising Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, Member, Interim Committee, SGPC, (heading the SGPC sponsored-Sikh jatha), Mr Prithpal Singh, AGPC president, Mr Manmohan Singh, and Mr H.S. Sarna met the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Sahukat Aziz.
The delegation took up the issue of easing visa restrictions on both sides of the border, abolishment of quota system for Sikh jathas, besides the long-pending demand of corridor for the historic Kartarpur Gurdwara located on the Indo-Pak border, about 2 km beyond the fencing from India, on the bank of Ravi. The gurdwara has remained “virtually abandoned” for the past 56 years.
In addition to this, the common devotees from both countries got together in the Khemkaran sector at Pir Sheikh Braham’s tomb on the border.
Advocating to usher in a concept of ‘soft boundaries’ between India and Pakistan, they said the “abject need” for the proposed corridor plan to materialise, was evident from the lakhs of devotees, who held a token ardas.