Daska Gurdwara Building Will Be Reconstructed

A delegation based on 10 members by Auqaf authorities visited Gurdwara Pehli Pat Shahi in Daska. Habibur Rehman Gillani, the evacuee trust board chairman said that the condition of gurdwara is quite shabby which will be demolished and its reconstruction will begin soon. During his visit to Fateh Bhandar village, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took notie of the deteriorating gurdwara. MNA Syed Mohsin described the state of gurdwara to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on which he asked the department to form a board and submit a report.

Gillani paid a surprise visit to this historic place while Daska Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Sanghera informed the team about the gurdwara. Additional Secretary Rana Shahid Saleem, Chief Engineer Haq Nawaz, Administrator Riaz Ahmed, Deputy Secretary Nadeem Dharijo, Assistant Administrator Sameera Rizvi, Assistant Engineer Nabil Ashraf, Archaeology Director Malik Masood and other officials were also present on the occasion.

The chairman approved the plan of reconstruction after the accompanied technical team declared it as deteriorating, adding the parts and items of buildings which would be preserved during reconstruction. The concrete encroachments around the gurdwara were ordered to demolish immediately.

The gurdwara was established in the loving memory of Guru Nanak, the spiritual leader of the Sikhs, who stayed in the region after his return from Kashmir. The gurdwara was decorated with precious stones, marbles, windows and ornately carved doors but due to the negligence and no attention towards repairing or maintaining historical buildings the precious stones and marbles were stolen. Sikhs used to worship on first floor while children were taught Granth on the second floor. Locals said that many sikh pilgrims used to come here and annually a festival used to be organized here. But now this three storied gurdwara was in hand of locals where people started tying animals in the surroundings of gurdwara, which was reported by media and reached the attention of Prime Minister who formed a team which would present a report later.

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