Pak official voluntarily serves at a Peshawar gurdwara
A senior Pak legal official has been voluntarily serving worshippers at a gurdwara here in a bid to rectify Pashtuns’ image.
Peshawar: A senior Pakistani legal official
has been voluntarily serving worshippers at a gurdwara here in
a bid to rectify the image of Pashtuns at a time when the
community is increasingly being linked to terrorism.
Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Khurshid Khan, during
the day, appears on behalf of the federal government in cases
being heard by the Peshawar High Court.
And in the evening, the official performs `seva`
(voluntary service) at Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh in Dabgari
area of Peshawar.
Khan has been voluntarily working as a `sevadar` for the
past two months. He helps other volunteers to clean the place
of worship and then takes his place at a counter near the
entrance where worshippers deposit their shoes.
"I am doing this job mainly to satisfy my soul because I
have developed the feeling that minorities in this region are
not treated the way our culture and values teach us," Khan
told the media while handing over shoes to a worshipper.
The recent kidnapping of three Sikhs from Peshawar, one
of whom was beheaded by the Taliban captors, shocked him.
He then decided to express solidarity with the community
by becoming a `sevadar` at the local gurdwara.
Khan said his efforts are also aimed at portraying a
gentle image of Pashtuns at a time when the community is being
increasingly linked to acts of terrorism.
Explaining his ideology, the official said: "I am a
Muslim but I am not a terrorist. I am a Pakistani but I am not
a terrorist, and I am a Khan but not a terrorist."