NANKANA SAHIB - Minorities are enjoying complete freedom and equal rights and are being respected in Pakistan. There is no security problem and Pakistan is a peaceful country to visit and live in. The holy places of Sikh religion are being maintained and renovated with great regard.

The remarks were made by Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sardar Sukhbeer Singh Badaal during his with visit to Gurdwara Janamasthan along with his family and 45 members delegation to perform their religious rituals.

The members of the delegation were warmly welcomed by Special Assistant to Punjab CM MNA Zaeem Qadri, PML-N MNA Bilal Virk, Lahore Division Commissioner Jawwad Rafique, RPO Zulfiqar Cheema, DCO Dr Usman Ali Khan, DPO Ghulam Mubashar Maiken, ADC Mian Jameel Ahmed, AC Nabeela Irfan, Punjab Deputy Secretary (Shrines) Syed Faraz Abbas, ETPB Deputy Administer Malik Anwarul Haq, Sadar Sham Singh president Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Purbundhak committee, local Sikh leaders including Sadar Mustan Singh, Sardar Kirpa Singh. School students presented the guests floral bouquet.

While talking to the journalists, wife of visiting Indian Punjab Deputy CM said that she enjoyed facilitation, respect and care by people of Pakistan. The people of Pakistan are very caring, loving and peaceful. The Deputy CM who came to Pakistan for the first time, appreciated the excellent arrangements made to maintain the Sikh religion holy places and new development projects executed by the ETPB and Pakistani government.

He expressed his happiness over being in Nankana from where the founder of his religion Baba Guru Nank Dev Gee disseminated the message of peace, love and brotherhood to the world. The borders between both Punjabs can’t limit the wish of brotherhood, respect and peace for all. We both India and Pakistan must work together for prosperity and better living standards of the masses on either sides,” he stressed.

Sardar Sukhbeer Singh also emphasised on governments of both the countries to relax visa policy to enhance people-to-people contact and facilitate the general public.

On the occasion, the Sikh community expressed gratitude to the government of Pakistan and ETPB for facilitating the community and protecting their holy places.

On the occasion, famous Indian Singer Hanas Rajj Hanas sang Paat from the Sikh Holy book Guru Granth Sahib. The delegation included wife of Indian Punjab Deputy CM, Revenue Minister Bikram Jeet Singh and Minister for Prisons Sardar Sarvan Singh Falar.

Later, the guests were honoured with Surupas (Chadar) and religious sword to the visiting Punjab CM.