LAHORE - Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Muhammad Siddiqul Farooq has said that Pakistan is like paradise for minorities since the facilities, being provided to Sikh community here, are unprecedented.

He was addressing a ceremony in connection with restoration of 5th and 6th Patshahi Gurdwara. It is worth mentioning here that the restored Gurdwara was lying closed since 1947.

The ETPB chairman asked Sikh community to remain alert about the elements among them trying to create a divide. The ceremony was attended by Sikh leaders Sardar Gabeer Singh of India, Chief of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Sardar Tara Singh, Sardar Manmohan Singh Khalisa and Sardar Preetum Singh. Besides them, senior ETPB officers were also present on the occasion.

“It is historic day of the Sikh Community when second Gurdwara is restored within 17 days after restoration of Gurdwara Bhai Beeba Singh,”Mr Farooq said. “Now Sikhs are free to perform their religious rites in their Gurdwaras,” he added.

He said that newly restored Gurdwara was constructed on five marla land at the time of partition and now after renovation and restoration it stretches on 1.5 kanal.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has entrusted me duty of serving minorities to which I am fulfilling with devotion,” said the ETPB chief.

Indian Sikh leader Sardar Gabeer Singh, in his address, said that Sikh Community was very happy with Pakistan government since they have achieved what they had never thought about.