Sikhs want Radio Pakistan to be updated

January 29th, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Abohar, Jan.29 (ANI): Sikhs living in the border areas of Punjab want the Government of India to contact Pakistan and convey that steps should be taken to update the staff of Radio Pakistan about the prosperity enjoyed by the Sikhs in India.
They point out that Punjabis have brought laurels to India by their personal accomplishment. The schemes initiated by them have supported several projects in the State.
They feel hurt that Pakistan Radio continues to broadcast that Sikhs in Punjab to believe that the Akali Dal led government in the State doesnt want them to prosper in life.
Radio Pakistan wants the people to believe that the Government of India does not want them to succeed in their tasks and is discriminatory.
Radio Pakistans programmes have intrigued the people of the border villages of Punjab.
Jathedar Gurbanta Singh, the Circle President of Shiromani Akali Dal, says:” It is absolutely wrong to say that Sikhs in Punjab are living in bad condition. It seems the only aim of Punjabi Darbar programme of Lahore is to create differences between the Hindus and Sikhs. In fact, Punjab is a place where people of all religions be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs or Christians have always lived in brotherhood,
They (Pakistani broadcasters) must remember that there are a number of Sikhs occupying high posts in Indian Armed Forces. Also, Sikhs are respected everywhere,” Gurbanta Singh said.
“Prakash Singh Badal, who is the Chief Minister of Punjab, has set up a number of schemes for the benefit of agriculturists. Free electricity, water supply and other facilities are provided to the farmers in the villages, which has made the Sikhs and Punjabis economically strong,” Gurbanta Singh added.
Gurbanta hopes that relations between India and Pakistan, which is under heavy weather following Mumbai terror attacks, will improve and the staff of Radio Pakistan can come and see the progress made by Sikhs in Punjab. He hopes that Punjabis on the Pakistan side of the border are well-off and are looked after well by the Government of Pakistan.
He was feeling hurt that petrol and oil are scarce in Pakistan and according to media reports the present stocks are adequate only for a week. In fact people in Punjab were hoping that the India-Pakistan-Iran pipeline would made progress and help in solving the energy problems of the region. (ANI)

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