The government said that the minority communities have been enjoying complete religious freedom in Pakistan and it was making an all-out effort to ensure and protect their basic rights, said an official.

The government was spending Rs1 billion on the renovation of the Gurudawara Darbar Sahib Kartarpura-Shakargarh, said Sadiqul Farooq, the chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board Pakistan.

He was addressing the Sikh community after participating in a special ceremony held there in connection with the 476th death anniversary of the Guru Nanak. He said that the in 2022, the five hundred years would be completed to the death of the Baba Jee Guru Nanak , due to which the Sikh community has started the 500 years celebration of Guru Nanak.

He said that the minorities had been enjoying complete religious freedom in the country and the government was making efforts to provide them their complete rights besides safeguarding the rights of the minorities in the country.

Local MPA Sardar Ramaish Singh Arora, Giyani Jee Sardar Gobind Singh and Sardar Sham Singh (Head of Pakistan Gurudawara Parbandhak Committee) were also. They also performed their religious rites there.

He said that the worship places of the minorities were being repaired, renovated and restored across Pakistan , besides, assuring the foolproof security arrangements there as well.

Farooq also disclosed that there was an Rs270 million increase in the annual income of the Evacuee Trust Property Board Pakistan due to the ongoing effective policies being implemented successfully in the country. He ordered immediate retrieving of all the ETPB properties owned Evacuee Trust Property Board Pakistan and illegally occupied by influential people in Sialkot district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils here.

He also announced to ensure the early repairing of all the temples and Gurudawaras in Sialkot district, besides, making the sincere efforts for providing the maximum facilities to the Sikh and Hindu Yatrees while visiting Sialkot and surrounding areas.

PILFERAGE: Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGP) has fined a different traders heavily for gas pilferage. According to the General Manager SNGPL Gujranwala Faisal Tayyub , the SNGPL has fined Rs120 million to Asa CNG Station Daska for gas pilferage, Rs1.6 million fine to Golden Ceramics Gujranwala, Rs5.5 million to a Daska based consumer Saeed Ahmed for gas pilferage.

Their gas connections have also been disconnected. He added that other accused were also collectively fined Rs1 million for gas pilferage in this region. He was of the view that gas pilferage was a crime and the accused involved in this nasty practice would be brought to task legally. He said that the gas connections of the above-mentioned would be restored after the recovery of the fined amounts from them.