Shahbaz Sharif lauds Guru Nanak Dev
Last Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010, 00:06
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday lauded Guru Nanak, saying he had devoted his life to spreading the message of inter-religion harmony and tolerance.

The founder of the Sikh religion was a symbol of simplicity who had great respect for Muslim saints and Sufis, including Baba Farid and Hazrat Mian Mir Sahib who are revered by Pakistanis, Sharif told a seminar organised here to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

He said Guru Nanak travelled to several holy places, including Makkah, Madina and Baghdad to promote inter-religion harmony and this showed his respect for Islam.

Guru Nanak's teachings focused on enhancing unity, peace and tolerance among people of different religions, he added.

Quoting one of the teachings of Guru Nanak, Sharif said the religious leader had once said the soul is the mother and water is the father and life is not complete without these two important elements.

Sharif described water as a necessary factor to keep Pakistan progressing and said the shortage of water in agricultural fields can cause many hardships.

It is in the larger interest of Pakistan and India to find an amicable solution to water problems to ensure progress and prosperity in the region, he said.

The Punjab government has taken several measures to provide facilities to Sikh pilgrims who visit Pakistan, he said.

"We will welcome you in the same spirit in future as well as by showing similar hospitality," he said.

Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee leader Sardar Manmohan Singh Khalsa Sardar and several Indian Sikhs also spoke on the occasion.


First Published: Friday, November 26, 2010, 00:06

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