Islamabad, January 11: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday visited an ancient Hindu temple in Punjab and in a move to reach out countries minorities he restored it. Pak PM Sharif said the day is not far when Pakistan will be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country” during a visit to the Katas Raj Temples complex in Chakwal. “We have promoted the vision with our actions that ‘to each his own faith, as humanity is our common asset’,” the Dawn quoted Sharif, as saying. He said that he has advised government officials to spare no efforts in hosting pilgrims and the protection and expansion of minorities’ places of worship. He said he would ensure his full support for the construction of Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara universities.
Sharif referred to historic examples to elaborate that it was a part of the Islamic faith to treat the majority and minorities equally. He said according to the Holy Quran, the God is the God of everyone and “not just Muslims”, adding that there should be no distinction on the basis of caste, colour or creed because “we are all one as human beings”. Sharif said he is the prime minister of everyone and “not just Muslims” and instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq to restore the holy sites in the area to their original state by renovating them. He also said that terrorism in Pakistan has been controlled and the country is enjoying an economic revival.
The Pakistan premier earlier inaugurated a water filtration plant in the complex. The filtration plant set up at the temple’s holy Amrat Jal pond will provide clean drinking water to the Hindu pilgrims visiting the place. Sharif also planted a sapling on temple premises. He also visited different sections of the temple where he was briefed about its historic significance. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yusuf and ETPB Chairman Siddiqul Farooq accompanied the prime minister.