Take up Nanak Palace issue with Pakistan: Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pressurise the Pakistan government to undertake a probe into the destruction of the centuries-old Guru Nanak Palace in Pakistan’s Narowal.

Captain Singh, in a letter to the PM, requested him to “take up with the government of Pakistan to investigate the destruction of the property and to bring to justice all the guilty persons associated with this unfortunate act.”

Calling for urgent steps to restore the remaining structure through scientific conservation and restoration, the Chief Minister has also sought to impress upon the government of Pakistan to preserve all such monuments that have an association with Sikh heritage in an institutionalized manner so that such incidents do not recur in future.

“If the government of India arranges permission from Pakistan government, the Punjab government would rebuild the historic property,” the Chief Minister said.

Capt. Singh wrote: “The building, which some media reports cite to be around four centuries old and has been visited by large number of Sikh pilgrims, has been rapaciously pillaged and destroyed.”

The incident, he said, had caused great consternation in the State and it was almost ironic that it had happened at a time when the two countries were poised to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the first Guru Nanak.

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