Sunday, November 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Reshuffle in PSGPC likely
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Nankana Sahib, November 23
Reshuffle in Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) is in the offing as a USA-based radical Sikh leader, Dr Ganga Singh Dhillon, president of the Nankana Sahib Foundation (NSF), is reportedly pressing hard to bring new office-bearers of the committee by using his political clout in Pakistan.

It is reliably learnt that Dr Dhillon wants to appoint his confidant Mr Gian Singh, a recently nominated member national assembly (MNA), co-chairman of the PSGPC. Mr Gian Singh who hails from Peshawar belongs to the Muslim League (Qaid-e-Azam). Mr Gian Singh was founder co-chairman of the PSGPC who was later replaced with Mr Sham Singh.

Dr Dhillon, who visited Sikh shrines after two years was seen taking active part in the gurpurb celebrations. According to sources, Dr Dhillon had stopped visiting Pakistan as he did not enjoy good relations with Mr Sham Singh and other members of the PSGPC. The interest shown by Dr Dhillon in the Sikh politics of Pakistan has sent alarming signals to Mr Sham Singh and other members of the PSGPC.

Dr Dhillon is a confidant of Mr Shazad Hussain who supported the Baloch leader, Mr Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, to become Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Dr Dhillon did not have any say in the PSGPC during the stint of Lieut-Gen Javed Nasir as chairman of the Pakistan Evacuee Property Trust Board. Sikh shrines in Pakistan witnessed fast development during the tenure of General Nasir. Mr Gian Singh and Mr Sham Singh had levelled allegations and counter-allegations against each other.

However, Sikhs in Pakistan may oppose any move of Dr Dhillon to replace Mr Sham Singh as co-chairman of the PSGPC. Moreover, a section of radical Sikhs living abroad may also oppose the move of Dr Dhillon to wrest the control of Sikh shrines through his political tout. Though Dr Dhillon had fought cases of Sikh hijackers, some of them accused that he (Dr Dhillon) had collected huge funds in their name.

Dr Dhillon had promised to instal a sugar mill at Nankana Sahib for generating employment for Pakistani Sikhs. Only a boundary wall of the mill has been constructed since 1984.


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