Pakistan Minister gives assurances for enacting Sikh Marriage Act

Amritsar, Nov.24 : Pakistan's Law Minister, Syed Afzal Haider, today assured the Sikh congregation that his government would enact the “Anand Karaj Act” for the Sikhs living in Pakistan soon.

Addressing Sikhs gathered at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib near Lahore, where the 538th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev is being observed, Haider said that the Sikh leadership in Pakistan should help him to see the passage of the Act in Parliament.

Dr. Pritpal Singh, the convener of the American Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, said that the Sikh Diaspora welcomed Haider's announcement.

Dr. Singh said that today the Sikh diaspora is spread all over the world and they are recognized by their physical appearance as a separate community. By enacting a separate Anand Karaj Act, Sikh will feel more satisfied in Pakistan.

Bishen Singh, president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (PSGPC)  said that this was a long pending demand of the Sikhs living in Pakistan, as it would remove confusion internationally about Sikhs being seen as Hindus.

Bishen Singh informed that the Government of Pakistan had also announced plans to construct accommodation for 2000 devotees in Nankana Sahib. (ANI)