The Pakistan government has decided to declare Panja Sahib a holy city, and a function would be organised by the Indo-Pak Friendship Association to mark the historic occasion.
This was stated by Arif Chaudhry, president of the association and legal consulate of Pak interior ministry, who called on Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Thursday evening. He invited Badal to Pakistan to attend the function, for which the schedule would be finalised as per Badal's convenience, said a press release from the CM's office.
Gurdwara Panja Sahib is situated at Hassan Abdal, 48 km from Rawalpindi, and is one of the holiest places of Sikhism because of the presence of a rock believed to have the handprint of Guru Nanak.
Appreciating the gesture, Badal said he had always championed the cause for further strengthening the bilateral ties through opening the Hussainiwala and Fazilka border that would give far more impetus to business in the subcontinent.
The CM hoped that with the formation of the new Nawaz Sharif-led government in Pakistan, relations would improve further and new business and cultural exchange avenues would be worked out.
Arif also apprised the CM that the friendship association was jointly founded in 2003, and it would ensure to sort out all the issues related to the welfare of Sikhs living at Panja Sahib besides the development of the town in a planned manner.
Arif was accompanied by his Indian counterpart Anmol Rattan Sidhu, who is also the president of Punjab and Haryana high court bar association, and advocate Narinder Kumar Suneja. CM's principal secretary SK Sandhu was also present.