India lodges strong protest with Pakistan over reported attempts to convert gurudwara in Lahore into mosque


New Delhi: India has lodged a strong protest with the Pakistan High Commission today on the reported incident where a Gurdwara has been claimed as the place of Masjid Shahid Ganj and attempts are being made to convert it to a mosque.

Gurdwara Shahidi Asthan is the site of martyrdom of Bhai Taru Singh ji at Naulakha Bazaar in Lahore, Pakistan

Anurag Srivastava

In response to a media query regarding the matter, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Anurag Srivastava said the Gurdwara is a historical place where Bhai Taru Ji made supreme sacrifice in 1745. He said, the Gurdwara is a place of reverence and considered sacred by the Sikh community.

Mr Srivastava said, this incident has been viewed with grave concern in India and there have been calls for justice for the minority Sikh community in Pakistan.

India expressed its concerns in strongest terms on this incident and called upon Pakistan to investigate the matter and take immediate remedial measures.

Pakistan was also called upon to look after the safety, security, well-being of its minority communities including the protection of their religious rights and cultural heritage.