Two-day-long celebrations of 176th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh concluded here at Gurdwara Punjab Sahib on Friday. More than four hundred Indian Sikh yatrees participated in the anniversary.

During the two days celebrations, the yatrees performed different rituals including taking Holy Ashnan (bath) and reciting their holy book.

Deputy Secretary (Shrines) Syed Faraz Abbas while talking to this scribe said that during the two days stay, the Sikh yatrees were provided with all facilities including boarding, messing and health facilities. On the occasion, foolproof security arrangements were made for which 800 police personnel in uniform and plainclothes were deployed while CCTV cameras were also installed. Indian Sikh Group leaders - Sardar Raam Pal Singh, Dr Darshan Singh and Nidhal Singh while talking to The Nation expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements made for the occasion at Gurdwara Punja Sahib. They said that they had enjoyed full religious freedom in Pakistan, adding that gurdwaras are well kept and secured and for all this the Sikh community was grateful to the Pakistani government.

They said that “Maharaja Ranjeet Singh laid a foundation of love and brotherhood between Muslims and Sikhs and we will maintain it at all costs.” They claimed that they were not against any religion rather they hate crime and criminals. They said both Pakistan and India should resolve their issues through negotiations as confrontation was not the solution to any problem.

Governor lauds role of Cadet College Hassanabdal

Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana has said that Cadet College Hassanabdal (CCH) has played a vital role in producing good politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, doctors and engineers who are serving the country now and playing due role in its development.

According to a press release issued, Mr Rajwana was presiding over a meeting of Board of Governors here at Cadet College hassanabdal on Friday.

On the occasion members BOGs including POF Chairman Lt-Gen Umer Mehmood Hayat, Principal Maj-Gen Najeeb Tariq, Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, Additional secretary Finance Rana Hassan Akhtar, Additional Secretary Education Punjab Ayaz Saleem and other relevant officers were also present.

The Punjab Governor lauded the role of Cadet College in producing good leaders in different walks of life. He also gave approval to the budget and new development projects


Earlier, CCH Principal Najeeb Tariq briefed the BOGs regarding ongoing development and achievements of the college in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Later, the governor also visited different sections of the college and planted a sapling of Erocaria in the lawn.