Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Monday asked the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to verify the authenticity of the relics that were bestowed upon Pir Budhu Shah by Guru Gobind Singh in 1680s after the battle of Bhangani.
According to the SGPC, these relics are part of the Dharmik Darshan Yatra being taken out across the state.
Khaira said Sayed Naeem Haider, the eight-generation descendent of Pir Budhu Shah, had approached him to clarify the factual position regarding the relics. The state Congress spokesman said Haider, who resides in Los Angeles (US), claimed that the relics concerned had been in his family’s possession for the past 330 years.
Khaira added that Haider had sent him a video pertaining to the lineage, relics and documents of erstwhile Nabha and Jind princely states.
According to Haider, his family shifted from Lahore (Pakistan) to the US in 1998 and got Guru Gobind Singh’s relics preserved by an American museum. The relics include a ‘dastar’, ‘kanga’, ‘kirpan’ and a ‘hukamnama’; besides, there are original documents of scholarship/pension awarded to the family by then princely state of Nabha.
Khaira requested president of SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, to come forward and clarify the claim made by Sayed Naeem Haider, the 8th generation descendent of Pir Budhu Shah.