Official Statement by Evacuee Trust Property Board on the Illegal Takeover of Bhai Taru Singh Ji’s Gurdwara in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan—The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of the Government of Pakistan has released an official statement on the takeover of Shaheed Bhai Taru Singh Gurdwara.

Sanaullah Khan, the Secretary of the ETPB has referred to the incident as an act of defamation for Pakistan on the international level. Khan has sought action against the culprits from the Director-Inspector-General, Lahore.

ETPB secretary Sanaulla Khan had earlier said that a local Muslim named Sohail Butt Attari of Darbar Hazrat Shah Kaku Chisti and his accomplices named Raza Butt, Umair and others had occupied the attached vacant plot of the Gurdwara Sahib, which was situated in Landa Bazar, Lahore. The plot belongs to a historical Sikh gurdwara, which is the site of Bhai Taru Singh Ji’s martyrdom.

Sanaulla Khan said that strict action should be taken by the Government of Pakistan against the delinquents, otherwise the image of Pakistan will be damaged.

Sardar Satwant Singh, President of the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee told Sikh24 earlier today, “we are speaking with the Evacuee Trust Property Board so this plot’s illegal occupancy can be resolved. I have faith in the Pakistan Government and the Prime Minister, Mr. Imran Khan, that they will resolve this matter at the earliest,” he added.
He added that the local Sikh leadership needs to tread carefully as this is a very crucial matter. “I can assure you that this occupation was done by individuals, not by any Muslim society or organization,” he said.

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