Sikhs In Swat Demand Religious School For Their Children
Sikh community members in Swat have demanded that the government should set up a religious school for their children in Mingora.
According to a news report in Dawn, the Sikh community members have also demanded the setting up of a community hall and have further demanded that they should be granted official leave for their religious festivals.
A member of the community stated to the media that Sikhs had been living there for the past 300 years and that they did not have a separate religious school.
A retired district account officer, Gulzari Lala told media, “We don’t have a specific educational centre for our religious teachings in Gurmukhi language for our children. We will be grateful if the government sets up a separate school for our religious teachings in Gurmukhi language.”
He added that the 300 Sikh families living in Swat needed a community hall for holding different events. He said, “The government has already allotted us land. It will resolve our problems, if government constructs a community hall for us on the land.”
Moreover, the head of the Gurdwara, Bansri Lal, made the demand to the government to hire two male and two female guards from the Sikh community for the Gurdwara.
Lal also stated that the government should provide security cameras for their religious places.
Another member of the community said that Sikhs worked in different government departments yet they did not have holidays to celebrate their religious festivals. He further demanded that the government should grant members of the Sikh community official leaves for their religious festivals.