Pakistan, Sikh Gurudwaras (Temples) and State Policy

Guru Nanak Dev the founder of Sikhism spent maximum of his existence in Punjab, except for his 4 long travels which took him to all locations of the regarded world at that time. He travelled to Mecca and Baghdad and later to Dacca and Ceylon, Nanak spent all his existence in West Punjab which is now a part of Pakistan. Many miracles are attributed to him at the same time as he lived inside the Punjab and these places wherein he showed that he changed into a prophet. The places of his miracles have gurdwaras built to commemorate those occasions. Entire West Punjab is dotted with Sikh gurdwaras and even though a few have decayed as most Sikhs left for India after 1947, the holiest of them are preserved and are in particularly suitable situation.

The Pakistan authorities has set up an organisation called the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) which appears after the Sikh holy places and gurudwaras. The chairman is appointed by way of the Pakistan authorities, however participants are Sikhs who are settled in Pakistan. The PSGPC receives funds from the Pakistan authorities and additionally donations from the Sikh diaspora inside the UK, Canada, and the us and makes use of the cash for the renovation of those holy places.

I may also further point out that the Pakistan charter preamble and Article 20 assure freedom of worship to all minorities. In practice, there may be aberrations at a few locations, however commonly, a massive Hindu, Sikh, Shia and Christian minority stay in Pakistan. Within the ambit of the charter Sikh holy locations are well taken care of and periodical celebrations of Sikh festivals are carried out and travelers from all over the international visit Pakistan.

I had a notable preference to go to the holy Sikh places in Pakistan. In specific, the two most well-known places that have gurdwaras at Panja Sahib (near Peshawar) and Dera Baba Nanak (in which Guru Nanak spent the ultimate 15 years of his life). I got my threat years again and visited each those holy places. The gurdwaras are thoroughly maintained and annual gurupurab fairs on all Sikh holy days are often performed. It become an raising experience and one wonders why partition passed off. Punjab was always one entity and dividing it was like reducing the umbilical cord of two twins. This is, however, history and I must upload that I turned into very well obtained and feted in Pakistan. I become in Pakistan for nearly every week and for me its a visit to cherish and don’t forget.