Sikh Gurudwara opens in Pakistan after 73 years

ladybird By ladybird, 15th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Mohamedali Jinnah was a secularist and had said all religions will be treated equally in Pakistan. It' s a matter of great joy that the local Jirga has gota closed 73 year old Gurudwara opened in NW Pakistan

The Road to Tolerance

My ancestors lived in Multan ( now in Pakistan) and I have always had a fond connection with Pakistan. Many times I was dismayed with the happenings there , that even led the Bishop of Lahore to commit suicide to highlight the persecution of Christians in Pakistan.

Maybe things are not so bad and the dream of Mohamedali Jinnah may yet come true. Jinnah was a strong secularist and in a speech after the creation of Pakistan in 1948, stated that all religions will have equality in Pakistan and everybody would be free to worship his or her god.

Subsequently the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan framed when Zulfikar Bhutto was the leader of Pakistan spelt out the rights of minorities and complete protection for them. Now some excellent news has emerged from Pakistan.

A gurudwara has opend in Pakistan aftre 73 years. This place of worship was closed in 1942 due to hostility between Sikhs and Muslims, but now in a Jirga, the local Muslims stated they had no objection to opening of the Gurudwara which dates back to the time of Nanak. The meeting to open the gurudwara was attended by the Minister for minority affairs Sardar Suran Singh , a Sikh. I am told a sizeably minority of Sikhs reside in Peshawar.

The local Sikhs are overjoyed and the Pakistan government has pointed out how tolerant it is compared to India, where a Muslim was killed for allegedly eating beef, though what he had eaten was only mutton. Maybe we should have a fresh look at Pakistan, after all almost all holy Sikh shrines associated with the Sikh Gurus are in Pakistan and they are well cared and looked after by the Pakistan Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee.( PGPC)


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2015 (#)

Good to read this, Ladybird.

India is no less tolerant but stray incidents do happen especially when emotions overcome commonsense. I have personally witnessed religious mayhem but 99% come back to senses soon after - siva

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author avatar ladybird
20th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting story!

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author avatar ladybird
20th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern

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