SGPC delegation meets President

In the memorandum submitted to President Kalam, the SGPC welcomed the Lahore-Amritsar and Nankana Sahib-Amritsar bus links, but sought the task of ‘managing’ the passengers alighting or boarding the buses to Pakistan be given to them.

It also demanded that visas for passengers going to Pakistan by the two bus services be issued at Amritsar.

Other members of the delegation were Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Rajinder Singh Mehta and SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh.

Among other issues raised by the delegation was that the Indian government should take up the matter of the ban imposed by the French government on wearing turban by Sikh students in schools.

They also sought arrangements for the SGPC to take up the repair of historic gurdwaras destroyed in Afghanistan during the war.

Besides that, the Indian government should obtain the consent of the Bangladesh to allow the SGPC to manage and repair the Sikh shrines there, the memorandum said.

Other demands enlisted on the the memorandum were allowing of a ‘safe corridor’ by Pakistan to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib for the pilgrims as this shrine is very close to the border of Indian Punjab and release of all Sikh detenues who have been behind bars since the period of militantcy in Punjab and also the release of Indian civil prisoners detentined in jails in Pakistan.

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