British-Sikh philanthropist, Peter Virdee, has announced to commit massive £500 million into Pakistan’s Gurdwaras to renovate and modernize hundreds of Gurdwaras which will be a boost to the local economy.
He made the huge financial commitment by announcing the setting up of a trust under the name of ‘Guru Nanak Ji’ which will have representation from Sikh jathas (an armed body of Sikhs) all over the world.
He made the announcement at a joint press conference with Zulfi Bukhari who was chief guest at the occasion, Chairman of the Pakistan Tourism Board and Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, joined by leading Sikh community representatives. The event was organized by the Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) with support from himself.
Zulfi Bukhari, who is also the Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, added: “We really want the Sikh community in the world to contribute. This is a very special year, the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Sahib and as Pakistanis we want to celebrate it in an elaborate fashion. We don’t just want it to be a national event but we want it to be covered globally. I want you to be on board to organise seminars, exhibitions and conferences around it to build up the hype that this occasion deserves.”
Zulfi Bukhari thanked the Sikh community for announcing the huge financial commitment and promised that a number of measures will be taken to facilitate religious tourism to Pakistan. Bukhari said he would make sure that religious tourists are given visas immediately.