GUJRANWALA, Pakistan—Situated in the old vegetables market of Gujranwala in Pakistan, the lineal mansion of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh is being slowly turning into a playground for members of the public in surrounding areas. The doors and windows of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s patrimonial mansion have gone missing and the roofs have borne cracks due to a lack of care by the Pakistani government.
Speaking to Sikh24, a Pakistani resident Muhammad Qasim Rafiq Amritsari shared that the Pakistan’s Archaeology Department has declared this mansion as a safe building but due to a lack care the nearby residents are now using for their own pleasure. He said that it is believed that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was born in this mansion, regarding which an inscription has also been scribed onto its stone wall in English as well as in Urdu as ‘Maharaja Ranjit Singh – Birth 2 November, 1780’.
Qasim Rafique further shared that after the partition of 1947, the mansion was given to refugees from India but later it was vacated and a Police station was established within it. In 2006, the Archaeology Department of Pakistan again vacated it and in 2012 the local goons constructed markets in it’s forecourts.