Kartarpur council meets today sans Sikh leaders
AMRITSAR: The Pakistan government has convened a meeting of the Kartarpur Gurdwara Governing Council (KGGC) on Monday to contemplate over various issues, including $20 service fee charged from Indian pilgrims and beginning of the second phase of development at Kartarpur. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairperson Habib ur Rehman said on Sunday that the KGGC would contemplate and take decision on the beginning of the second phase of development at Kartarpur corridor for attracting more tourists from across the world."There are proposals to construct new hotels, shopping malls, entertainment centres, etc. along the corridor with an aim to provide better facilities to the pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartapur," he said.The meeting would be held at the office of Project Management Unit (PMU), Kartarpur Corridor, in Narowal district. Significantly, the KGGC includes members from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Pakistan Rangers, the police and other administrative officials but none of the Sikh leaders or representatives of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The meeting is being held under the aegis of Pakistan's Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and has members, including ETPB chairperson Habib ur Rehman, PMU chief executive officer Muhammad Abu Bakar, ISI's Col Asmi and FIA's Amanullah. Meanwhile, Habib ur Rehman said he had visited Gurdwara Biba Singh; Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh; Kalibari Mandir, Peshawar; and another temple in Aryan Bazar, Sadar, Peshawar, and held meetings with the local Sikhs and Hindu's to resolve their issues.