Pakistan PM inaugurates water treatment plant at Hindus holy site

AMRITSAR: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a water treatment plant installed at Amar Kund (sacred pond) in Katasraj cluster of Hindu temples in Chakwal district of Pakistan.

While talking to TOI on Thursday, Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Farooq ul Saddiq informed that Sharif not only came all the way to inaugurate the water treatment plant but also brought peacocks from his house ‘Jatti Umra’ which will be kept in temple garden.

ETPB is entrusted with the task of management of Hindu and Sikh religious properties in Pakistan after Indo Pak partition in 1947. ETPB has installed the water treatment plant at Amar Kund for Hindu devotees who visit cluster of temples during various religious occasion especially during Shivaratri.

He informed that the water treatmetn plant inauguration was done amidst chanting of Hindu mantra’s and Muslim prayers adding that Sharif also paid obeisance at Shiva Temple and interacted with Hindu priest.

ETPB was still carrying out the project of installation of gold plated Shikhar Kalash (peak urn) after repairing the domes of temples at Katasraj, he informed.
Farooq informed that they would also give contract for the bottling of holy water on the lines of Abe Zamsam (holy water from the well of Zamzam located within mosque Al Harm in Mecca) which would be made available to devotee coming to Katasraj from far flung places.

Prominent Hindu and Sikh leaders, including Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Tara Singh, Ramesh Singh, Pak provincial assembly members etc., were present on the occasion .

ETPB chairman informed that Sharif had shown keen interest in the project of Baba Nanak University coming up at Nankana Sahib, birth place of Sikh’s first master Guru Nanak Dev and Gandhara International University, a revival project of three thousand year old Buddhist university at ancient Taxila.
Extract from TOI

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