Chandigarh, May 29: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pressure Pakistan government to undertake a thorough probe into the partial destruction of the centuries-old Guru Nanak Palace in Narowal.
He also offered to get the property, demolished a couple of days ago, rebuilt by his government if the Centre secures Islamabad’s permission for the same.
Drawing his attention to the partial destruction of the Sikh heritage property located in Pakistan's Punjab, Captain Amarinder has written to Modi, requesting him to 'take up with the Government of Pakistan to probe the wanton destruction of the property in question and to bring to justice all the guilty persons associated with this unfortunate act.'
Calling for urgent steps to restore the remaining structure through scientific conservation and restoration, he also sought to impress upon the Pakistan government to preserve all such monuments that have an association with Sikh heritage in an institutionalised manner so that such incidents do not recur in future.
If the Indian government arranges permission from Pakistan government, the Punjab Government (India) would rebuild the historic property, the Chief Minister later said in a press statement. Strongly condemning the shocking incident, he said it had hurt the sentiments of Sikhs around the world.
In his Demi Official (DO) letter to the Prime Minister, Captain Amarinder wrote, 'The building, which some media reports cite to be around four centuries old and has been visited by large number of Sikh pilgrims, has been rapaciously pillaged and destroyed.'