Officials summoned over lack of crematory ground for Sikhs in KP

PESHAWAR: The administrator of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa auqaf department and Town I nazim have been summoned to Peshawar High Court over case regarding the province not having a crematory ground for Sikhs, Hindus to perform final rights of their dead.

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During the hearing on Tuesday, KP Additional Advocate General Qaiser Khan claimed before the court that measures were taken to provide facilities to Sikhs in the province, but work has not been done due to differences among community members.

The court asked him to do what they could in their capacity for the Sikh community.

While raising questions on the performance of the district administration, Justice Mussarat Hilali asked why they could not provide the Sikhs in Peshawar with a crematory ground when they can “dig ditches” across the city. She was referring to the work that was under way for Bus Rapid Transit system.

Due to the unavailability of a proper space the Sikhs carry bodies of their loved ones to Attock in Punjab, where they cremate their dead, the petitioner stated.

However, even carrying bodies to Attock is not an easy task as Sikhs are not provided with a separate ambulance service for the purpose, according to the petitioner.

 

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