BUREWALA: In a landmark order issued at the instance of the Punjab Chief Minister, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Lahore, has decided to repair and renovate the historic Gurdwara, Tapasthan Guru Nanak Dev, built by Sikhs of Nilibar region in Kothiwal Chak No: 317EB, tehsil Burewala, district Vehari, about 225 km south of Lahore.

The historic Gurudawara which was lying in a dilapidated condition had been illegally occupied by some people. However, it was at the instance of farmer Chaudhry SunnaUllah Ghumman and journalists  that made the government to evacuate the illegal occupants and order the renovation of the Gurudawara.

Tapasthan Guru Nanak Dev was built to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak to the place, which by then was a major centre of Sufism in Punjab. Half a kilometer from the Gurudawara is the mazaar of eighth century Sufi Saint Haji Sher Mohammed. Interestingly, Baba Farid was born here in 1173 AD when the place was called Kothowal.

Shirine of Baba Haji Sher Muhammad Dewan continues to attract the pilgrims on the annual Urs, Gurdwara Tapsathan of Guru Nanak remained in oblivion till recent past. but thanks to the pains taken by Mr Sanaullah Ghuman, a farmer and social worker of nearby Chak 201 EB and local Journalit Nadeem Mushtaq Ramay they  visited this part of Punjab twice and has many friends here. The printed articles in the Urdu and English newspapers and on one the article list below published earlier in the The News International, the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Lahore compiled a detailed report and sent to the higher auhorities and Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Lahore, has decided to repair and renovate the historic Gurudawara.

Sardar Harnek Singh Gharuan, an ex Minister of Punjab and its importance to the Sikhs. The Gurudawara which was sealed in 1994, was under illegal occupation of a migrant family. The premises, which included a dharamshala measuring 4 kanals and 5 marlas, two murrabas (50 acres) of agricultural land is also attached to it. This moved the provincial administration into action and the department surveyed the site and the engineer prepared the estimate to reconstruct the boundary and renovation of the main Gurdwara hall.

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