Pakistan to print Guru Granth Sahib to prevent desecration during yatra

Pakistan to print Guru Granth Sahib to prevent desecration during yatraA devotee watches the Baisakhi festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassan Abdel, Pakistan. — Reuters file photo

Lahore, September 12

Pakistan will print Guru Granth Sahib to prevent any desecration of the holy book during Sikh pilgrimage in the country, the top body which looks after minorities’ holy places in the Islamic nation said on Monday.“In order to save Guru Granth Sahib from any desecration as Sikh pilgrims carry the holy scripture during yatras and had to undergo different checks at the borders, we have decided to print the religious scripture in Pakistan as a service to the Sikh community,” Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq told reporters.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee will be engaged in the printing process, he said.Farooq said the Pakistan government is also taking steps to export ‘Amrat Jal’, holy water from a sacred well in Nankana Sahib (the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev) in Nankana Sahib, some 80km from Lahore.

“We have made preparations to export Amrat Jal to India and other countries,” he added.He said the Bebe Nanki well in Nankana Sahib which had been out of order for 70 years, has been restored.”Ownership has been given to yatris in all matters. I am personally overseeing the arrangements for visiting Hindu and Sikh pilgrims.

The number of Hindu and Sikh yatris is increasing every year and the ETPB has decided to register travel promoters in order to facilitate them and attract more tourism,” he said.Renovation work has been started in all gurdwaras and temples in the country, besides a turbine has been installed at Gurdwara Panja Sahib to generate electricity from water, he said. — PTI

Source: The Tribune