Gurdwara re-opens in Peshawar after gap of 70 years

PESHAWAR, 30 March: After a gap of 70 years, a gurdwara has been opened for Sikhs for worship.

A ceremony in this regard was held at Bhai Baba Singh Gurdwara, situated in Hashtnagri bazaar of Peshawar, on Wednesday where the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Siddiqul Farooq, who is chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), opened the Sikh worship place. A large number of people from the Sikh community travelled from different parts of the country to witness the re-opening of the gurdwara.

Gopal Singh, an elder of Sikh community from Khyber Agency, told TNN that it was a day of blessings for his community. He said the community had made many efforts for the re-opening of the gurdwara.

“It is a day of great joy for our community as our worship place has been re-opened after 70 years. It is like Eid for us. We are very thankful to the government for this noble gesture,” he said.

The gurdwara was closed at the time of division of the Indian Sub-Continent as many Sikhs had left Peshawar for India and very few Sikhs stayed back in Peshawar.