BUREWALA: Government spending more than 120 million rupees for the up-gradation and facilities at three major Sikh Gurdawara’s of the country and planning is under process to allow Sikh yatress for package tour to extend religious tourism in the country as more than twenty thousand yatress visited their holy places in Pakistan in 2006, said Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Lt. General (R) Zulfiqar Ali Khan while laying foundation stone of the renovation of  “Tapasthan Guru Nanak” at Holy Shrine of Baba HajiSher Dewan in Chak No. 317 EB near Burewala.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman laid renovation foundation stone and offered dua and addressing on the occasion said that Gurdwara of Guru Nanak Dev which is called “TapasthanGuru Nanak” here is being renovated with the cost of 413,000 rupees and it will help us restore Gurdawara’s initial building and more funds will spent on the project and ordered immediate grant to vacate the land from the illegal occupiers and construction of gate and boundary wall of the Gurdawara. Sardar BishanSingh President Pakistan Sikh  Gurdawara Parbandhak  Committee, Sardar AjeetSingh Saghar, Sardar Jaswinder Singh,  Sardar Harvindar Singh, Azhar-ul-Hassan Additional Secretary (ETPB), Javed Bashir, Administrator ETPB Multan, Saleem Bukhari Superintendent Engineer ETPB, Tehsil NazimBurewala Chaudhry Usman Ahmad Warraich, UC Nazim Ziah Ahmad Khan Dhidhi, NaibNazim Mian Muhammad Rafique Nizami, Muslim Sikh Friendship Society Burewala office-bearers Ch. Sanaullah Ghumman, Nadeem Mushtaq Ramay and other were also present on the occasion.

Lt. General (R) Zulfiqar Ali Khan said that government is spending huge amount to extend facilities at Gurdawar Dera Sahib, Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib and more than 100 to 150 air conditioned residential room would be completed 30th June, 2006. He informed that government has planned three hotels at these localities to solve the residential problems for yatrees. He said that according to Panth-Mirza Agreement only three thousand Sikh yatrees are allowed to visit their holy places in Pakistan every year but the Government of Pakistan taking good-will gesture has allowed more than twenty thousand yatress to visit Pakistan on different holy events including special permission to five thousand on the 400 years martyrdom celebrations of Guru Arjan Dev Singh at Dera Sahib Lahore in 2006. He further informed that government is planning tour package for the yatrees which would allow them to get visa at Wahga border and they will be allowed to visit their three major holy places and will go back after the visit. He said that media men and local people played important part of drawing their attention to restore the beauty of this place and said that Gurdawara would be restored according to its original architecture which will lead to more inter-religion cooperation.