Pakistan continues to take initiatives that are focused on making its Sikh community comfortable. In the light of minority-related violence incidents, the government is making sure that Pakistan becomes a safe place for all our Hindu and Sikh brothers and sisters. One such initiative is the construction of Sikh school in Peshawar. According to the media reports, the first-ever school for the Sikh population of Pakistan is nearing its completion, as ninety percent of the work has been done.
The ambitious project started when two years ago, a piece of land was purchased in Jogan Shah Mohalla in the old city, as reported by Express Tribune. Thanks to the generous contribution of PKR 20 million of an overseas Pakistani living abroad, the purchase of eight marlas of land was made possible. After the purchase of the land, the work was officially started by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
This project will be first-of-its-kind. A school like this will provide a safe environment for the Sikh children for learning and grooming. It will help them get an education in a better environment. The school itself was one of the long-standing demands of the Sikhs residing in the region, according to the media.
The construction of this school comes as a much-needed step. Previously, 300 Sikh students were studying at an NGO-run school that was operating in Dagbari. However, due to a feud, the landlords asked the administration to evacuate.
Due to the increasing demands for such a school, Atif Khan, the former provincial Education Minister and current Food Minister announced the project for the first time. The Sikh community was to purchase a piece of land, and after that, the government was to start working on the school’s construction. It seems that until now, everything has gone exactly to plan.
The leaders of the Sikh and Hindu community are expressing gratitude to the KPK government for establishing such a school. They had many reservations, chief among them being the lack of education for their children in a safe and healthy environment. Now, thanks to the KPK government’s initiative, their dilemma has been resolved.