Pak government will repair 19th century temple: Khyber Tribune India

Peshawar, 21 May

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Government of Pakistan has decided to renovate a 19th century shrine and reopen it to the public. The gurudwara was built during the reign of the Sikh ruler Hari Singh Nalua. According to officials, the gurdwara in Mansehra district is currently closed and is being used as a temporary library. The state government said that the revival of the gurdwara will give a boost to religious tourism as many Sikh pilgrims from all over the world have taken interest in visiting this temple. Earlier in February, the state’s Department of Endowment and Religious Affairs recommended the state government to take up the matter with the Hijrati Property Trust Board, Lahore. The board looks after religious properties and pilgrimage sites that remained in Pakistan after the Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India. Terming the gurdwara as a historic property, the board has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Bodies Department to vacate the gurdwara building. Pakistan’s Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has welcomed the decision to make the repairs. It may be recalled that Hari Singh Nalua (1791–1837) was the general of the Sikh Empire. He is known for the battles of Kasur, Sialkot, Attock, Multan, Kashmir, Peshawar and Jamrud. About 56 buildings including several forts, towers and gurudwaras were constructed under his leadership. -PTI

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