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Lord Karan Bilimoria
Baroness Sandip Verma

Lord Mohamed Sheikh

Lord Bhikhu Parekh
Mr G. P. Hinduja
Mr J. S. Sangar
Mrs. Jasbir Vohra

 

Advisors:

Dr. Daljit .K Maudgil

Resham.S. Sandhu MBE,DL,FRSA

 

Chairman:

Dr. Rami Ranger CBE, FRSA

Vice Chairmen:
Hardyal S Luther
Dr. Ravi Gidar
Joginder S. Vig

President:

Amarjit S. Dassan

 

Vice Presidents:

Surinder S. Aujla

Surjit S. Pandher
Jasbir S. Johal

 

General Secretary:

Dr. Sukhbir S.Kapoor, OBE

Joint Secretary:
Dr. Peter S. Chadha

Finance Secretary:

Manjit S. Chandhok

 

Joint Finance Secretary:

Hardip Singh

 

PRO:

Satbir S. Bakshi
Dr Atul Pathak OBE

Social Secretary:
Parshotam S. Dhillon

Interfait & Charities Secretary:
Ravel S. Ahuja

Education Secretaries:

Charanjit S. Doogal
Mr.Pritpal Singh

Joint Education Secretaries:
Dr. R S Saluja

Fund raising Sectrtary:
Dr G S Chadha

Joint Fund raising Sectrtary:
John Athwal


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Press Release
The Opening of the Kartarpur Corridor between Pakistan and India.
The Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the British Sikh Association and Pakistan’s Hashoo Group

In 1504 CE, the founder of the Sikh Faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founded the city of Kartarpur. The city is a most scared place in the Sikh religion. It is also the place where Guru Nanak lived the latter part of his life until his heavenly departure and where the holy shrine of Gurdwara Darabar Sahib is located. The Sikhs feel that it is their birth right to be able to visit their holy shrines which was sadly restricted since the Partition of 1947.

Discussions to open the Kartarpur Corridor go back many years to 1999 when the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Nawaz Sharif, and Prime Minister of India, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, proposed this. However, progress was not made and it has taken nearly 20 years for history to be made.

The very significant step to open the Corridor was recently rekindled when the Punjab Tourism Minister Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu attended Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inaugural ceremony in August 2018. During his visit he met Pakistan’s Army Chief, Gen.Qamar Bajwa who made the offer that the Government of Pakistan would open the Kartarpur Corridor from Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November 2019 as a gesture to the global Sikh community. The corridor will allow pilgrims visa free access.

The willingness and intent of both countries was enshrined with the historic foundations being laid for the Kartarpur Corridor in November 2018 by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu.

In furthering the development to build a permanent and sustainable Corridor, a delegation from Pakistan, this week visited the UK to meet leaders from the British Sikh Community. The Pakistani delegation included Ambassador Hameed Kidwai, Mr Murtaza Haswani, Deputy Chairman of the Hashoo Group and Mr Steven Henderson, Hashoo Group’s Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer.

The Pakistani delegation met with Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd and Chairman of the British Sikh Association, along with British Sikh Association President Mr Amarjit Dassan, Vice Chairman Dr Ravi Gidar and Vice Presidents Mr Jasbir Johal and Mr Surjit Pandher. The Sikh Gurdwaras were represented by Mr Gurmail Singh Malhi, the President of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Southall, London.

On Tuesday 15th January, a meeting was organised for the Pakistani delegation and the British Sikh Association by Yasmin Qureshi MP in Parliament. The meeting was an opportunity for the Chair, Yasmin Qureshi MP, and nine other MPs to hear of the Kartarpur Corridor plans. The Parliamentary meeting culminated with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the British Sikh Association and Hashoo Group, signed by Dr Rami Ranger CBE on behalf of the British Sikh Association and Mr Murtaza Haswani on behalf of the Hashoo Group. The MOU confirmed the commitment of Pakistan’s leading business and the British Sikhs to work together in the development of the infrastructure for the Kartarpur Corridor and other sites of religious importance in Pakistan for Sikh pilgrims.

Dr Rami Ranger stated “This is a historic opportunity and one that I did not expect to see in my lifetime. We are proud of the steps taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and supported by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi for the development and opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, it will be great benefit to both countries and is a blessing for the Sikh Community”.

Ambassador Kidwai said “I am very happy to have been greeted with such warmth and support from the Sikh Community in Britain and I am confident that this great initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan will be appreciated by Sikhs throughout the world, as well as providing an opportunity for greater relations between Pakistan and India.

“The holding of the meeting at which the MOU was signed in the British House of Commons will be seen as an endorsement of the British Pakistani and British Indian MPs that attended the special meeting.

“The Kartarpur Corridor was the brainchild of Dr Rami Ranger, supported by Mr Mia Tariq Javid , Mr Saleem Sheikh and endorsed by Prime Minister Imran Khan”.

Mr Murtaza Haswani Deputy Chairman of the Hashoo Group stated “The Hashoo Group is committed to making this historic project a success and as one of the leading businesses in Pakistan, the Hashoo Group, looks forward to supporting the British Sikh Association for the benefit of Sikhs globally”.

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Dr. Rami Ranger CBE, Mr Murtaza Hashwani showing MOU after signing. Also seen in the picture Mr Tan Dhesi MP, Mr Nayaz Qazi, Mr M. Afzal Khan MP, Barrister Yasmin Qureshi MP, Mr M. Sarwar, Mr. Saleem Sheikh, Mr. Steven Henderson, Ambassador Hameed Kidwai, Mr. Imran Hussain MP, Ms. Naz Shah MP, Ms. Preet Gill, Mr. Khalid Mahood MP, Mr. Mohammad Yasin MP and Mr. Faisal Rashid MP
(From left to right seated): Deputy Chairman of the Hashoo Group Mr Murtaza Haswani, Chairman of The British Sikh Association Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Ambassador Mr Hameed Kidwai and The President of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Mr Gurmail Singh Malhi
(From left to right standing):Hashoo Group’s Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer Mr Steven Henderson,Vice Presidents of The British Sikh Association Mr Jasbir Johal and Mr Surjit Pandher, Vice Chairman of The British Sikh Association Dr Ravi Gidar. Past President The Pak-India & UK Friendship Forum Mr. Saleem Sheikh, Adviser Mr Nayaz Qazi and The President of The British Sikh Association Mr Amarjit Dassan
(In the picture from left to right)
The President of The British Sikh Association Mr Amarjit Dassan, Deputy Chairman of the Hashoo Group Mr Murtaza Haswani, Chairman of The British Sikh Association Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Ambassador Mr Hameed Kidwai and The President of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Mr Gurmail Singh Malhi
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