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Nankana Sahib town is normal now: Govt

Source: PTI
September 28, 2004 17:53 IST

Pakistan's Punjab provincial government has assured students of a college in the premises of the famous Nankana Sahib Gurudwara near Lahore that they will not be displaced until a separate building is arranged for them.

The assurance was given at a meeting yesterday between government officials and representatives of Sikh and Muslim communities following an attack on the Gurudwara and the college on Saturday to protest a reported move to hand over the college premises to Janam Asthaan administration for its use as a guesthouse for visiting Sikh pilgrims.

"The issue has been resolved. The government has assured the students of the Guru Nanak Government College that they won't be displaced until a separate building is arranged for them. No more tension prevails," Ghulam Dastgeer, a local police official, was quoted as saying by Dawn daily.

Life returned to normal in Nankana Sahib town, the birth place of Guru Nanak, after the matter was resolved at the meeting, which was also attended by nearly 300 students.

Two windows and glasses of the Janam Asthaan and main gates of some other worship places were damaged in the attack on Saturday.

"I don't believe it was a Muslim-Sikh conflict," Mastan Singh, an administrator of the Janam Asthaan told the paper.

He said he believed that some mischief mongers had attempted to exploit the situation. Neither any notice was issued to the college administration nor its students were asked to vacate the building, he said.

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