Pakistan government to declare Panja Sahib as holy city

Published: 15th June 2013 10:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2013 10:00 AM   |  A+A-

The Pakistan Government has decided to declare Panja Sahib a holy city and a function would be organised by the Pak-Indo Friendship Association to mark the occasion.

This announcement was made by president of Pak-Indo Friendship Association and legal consulate to the Ministry of Interior Government of Pakistan Arif Chaudhry, when he met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the latter’s residence here on Thursday. Arif invited the Chief Minister to Pakistan to grace the occasion and said the schedule would be finalised as per Badal’s convenience.

Appreciating the benevolent gesture of Pakistan Government as well as the concerted efforts of the association, Badal said he had always championed the cause of further strengthening of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan by opening the Hussainiwala and Fazilka borders that would give further impetus to trade and business activities in the subcontinent. He also mentioned that the SAD-BJP Government had successfully created a peaceful atmosphere in which the industrial and commercial activities could flourish.

The communal harmony and brotherhood among the people of different religions were par excellence in Punjab, Badal said.

He hoped that under the new government in Pakistan, bilateral ties would further improve and new business and cultural exchange avenues would be worked out.

Arif told Badal that his association was founded in 2003 to foster a sense of amity amongst the people of both the countries. He said the forum would also sort out all issues related to the welfare of Sikhs living at Panja Sahib.

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