EPTB to restore 19th century Sikh Gurudwara in Pakistan

    24-May-2021   
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Nineteenth-century Sikh Gurudwara restoration proposal of Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB) has been approved by the Provincial Government in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Gurudwara was built during the reign of Sikh ruler Hari Singh Nalwa.
 
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Hari Singh Nalwa (1791–1837) was the commander of the Sikh Empire. He is remembered for the battles in Kasur, Sialkot, Attock, Multan, Kashmir, Peshawar and Jamrud. Over 56 buildings, including forts, towers, gurdwaras, tanks, are said to be built under his direct supervision.
 
On 30 April 1837, while battling against the Afghan's ruler, Akbar Khan, he received two brutal cuts on his chest and received four gun wounds on his body, but he kept on fighting. After some time, he started losing his strength. As per his order, his army men safely took him to the fort, and after his death cremated him in the Jamrud Fort; built at the mouth of the Khyber Pass in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
 
The EPTB is a statutory board that manages religious properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs who had migrated to India following the Partition. The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has welcomed the restoration plan, PTI reported.
 
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