Ludhiana, April 17:
A three-member delegation comprising Punjabi Sahit Akademi President Prof Ravinder Bhathal, former vice chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University Dr SP Singh and former president Punjabi Sahit Akademi Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill today met the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan Sayyed Haider Shah and demanded that Pakistan High Commission should assist them in organising an Indo-Pak “Kavi Darbar” of 51 poets at Nankana Sahib and Sultanpur Lodhi. This Kavi Darbar would be a part of the 550-year birth celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Sayyed Haider Shah was in the city to address the students during convocation at a local college today.
Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill informed that Sayyed Haider Shah assured of all possible help for organizing this Indo-Pak Kavi Darbar that would comprise 51 poets from both the countries. He told the delegation that Punjabi Sahit Akademi would have to contact the literary organizations in Pakistan themselves. Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women Gujjarkhan Campus president Paramjit Singh Sarna and Delhi Gurudwara Management Committee former president Harwinder Singh Sarna also assured of all possible help to Punjabi Sahit Akademi for this event.
Prof Ravinder Bhathal and Prof Gurbhajan Gill also appealed to Sayyed Haider Shah that SAARC visa should be issued for the writers of both the countries so that they can contribute in ensuring closer ties between India and Pakistan.