The historic Guru Nanak palace in Pakistan’s Punjab has been partially demolished by a group of locals allegedly with the permission of the officials of Auqaf department. The doors, windows and ventilators of the four-storied centuries old building have also been sold.
The historical palace of Guru Nanak seems to have been constructed over centuries ago in Bathanwala village, 20 kilometres from Punjab, on New Lahore Road. The palace is comprised of old bricks, sand, clay and limestone which have 16 large rooms all of which has at least three beautiful doors and four ventilators.
A local of Punjab, Muhammad Aslam said, “This old building is called the Palace of Babu Guru Nanak and we have named it Mahalan. A number of Sikhs from across the world including India used to visit this building.”
Aslam further claimed that once a six-member delegate from Canada had visited the palace including a woman who carried a large book with information about the historical building and they were even elated at visiting the site as if they had found a treasure.
It was further claimed by another local that the Auqaf department was informed about the demolition of the building by some influential persons but no officer or official took any action or even reached here.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Narowal, Waheed Asghar who is in charge of the record of all properties in the region said that there is no mention of this building in the revenue record and that they are checking the municipal committee’s record as it seems to be historical. He also said that he had stopped further demolition of the building.