The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday (28 July) lodged a strong protest against Pakistan’s plan to convert a historic Lahore Gurdwara into a Mosque.
As per a report in Times of India, the Gurdwara Shahidi Asthan – where Asthan Bhai Taru Ji made the supreme sacrifice in 1745 has now been claimed as a spot for the Masjid Shahid Ganj.
The historic significance of the Gurdwara means that it is a revered site of the minority Sikh community leading to calls for ensuring justice.
Stepping into the matter, the MEA has expressed grave concerns over Pakistan’s plans and lodged a strong protest with the Pakistan High Commission.
“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, wellbeing of its minority communities including protection of their religious rights and cultural heritage”, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava was quoted as saying.