SGPC to hold function to remember 1965 Indo-Pak war heroes at Asal Uttarpunjab Updated: Aug 05, 2017 12:25 IST
Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh(HT Photo)
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will hold a grand religious function as a tribute to the 1965 Indo-Pak war hero, late Lieutenant General Harbakhsh Singh on September 8.
“Lieutenant General Harbakhsh Singh, who was the then commandant of army unit, played a key role in defeating Pakistani troops. To create awareness among youth of his bravery and inspire them, the SGPC will hold a function at Asal Uttar, the battle field of the war along the border in Tarn Taran,” SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar told media persons on the sidelines of a function at the Golden Temple Complex on Friday.
The SGPC launched a drive to preach Sikhism, ‘Dharam Parchar Lehar’ in Majha on Friday at the Diwan Hall Manji Sahib in the Golden Temple complex. “The family of Abdul Hamid, the martyr of the war, will also be invited to the function. His portrait will also be installed at the Central Sikh museum in the Golden Temple to pay tribute to him,” Badungar added.
On whether the anniversary of ‘Dharam Yudh Morcha’ had been forgotten, Badungar said, “Punjab is the sole state of the country deprived of its own capital, a high court, river waters and Punjabi-speaking areas. Punjabis have sacrificed countless lives for the country and eradicated shortage of foodgrain.”
Claiming that the Congress was responsible for the alleged discrimination with Punjab, he said,“Congress leaders have never delivered on their promise. Even the Rajiv-Longowal Accord that has not been implemented so far — was another betrayal with Sikhs.” SGPC general secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla and other executive members. including Bhai Ram Singh, were accompanying Badungar. Badungar was, however, evasive on Anandpur Sahib Resolution that the Akalis had drafted.
On serving of non-vegetarian food on the premises of Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, he said, “I am yet to find out that what is the exact situation in the matter.”
Earlier, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and Golden Temple head granthi Giani Jagtar Singh had felicitated and honoured Badungar for starting the drive to spread Sikhism.