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 desecration as Sikh pilgrims carry the holy scripture during yatras and had to undergo 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 the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) will be engaged in the printing process, he said.
Farooq said the Pakistan government was also taking steps to export “amrat jal”, holy water from a sacred well in Nankana Sahib (the birth place of Guru Nanak), 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 pilgrims in all matters. I am personally overseeing the arrangements for visiting Hindu and Sikh pilgrims. The number of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims is increasing every year and the ETPB has decided to register travel promoters in order to facilitate them and attract more tourists,” 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.