Sikh leader files petition in Pak court; seeks fund to build crematorium

Peshawar, May 16: A Sikh leader in northwest Pakistan has filed a petition in the Peshawar High Court urging it to direct the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to allocate funds to build a crematorium for the community in the provincial capital so that they can cremate their dead instead of burying them.
Sikh community leader Babaji Guru Gurpal Singh, through his lawyer, submitted the writ petition in the court yesterday (Tuesday), saying the provincial government had allocated Rs 30 million in the 2017-18 budget to build a crematorium for the Sikh community and a graveyard for Christians in the city, the Express Tribune reported.
However, the government has yet to release funds for these projects nor has it made any plans for these projects.
Singh said that about 60,000 Sikhs live in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, including 15,000 who live in Peshawar alone. Despite that, there is no crematorium where Sikh mourners can carry out the last rites of their loved ones, the paper reported. The petitioner noted that the number of cremations is likely to increase in the future. (Agencies)