Pakistan respects all religions, says COAS

Pakistan respects all religions, says COAS


Gen Bajwa says Kartarpur corridor symbol of Pakistan’s commitment towards religious freedom

RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Tuesday that Pakistan respects all religions and also recognizes the need for promotion of religious tourism in the country.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS was talking to a delegation of 12-member British Sikh soldiers’ headed by Deputy Commander Field Army UK, Major General Celia J Harvey, who called on him at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

The Army Chief said that said Kartarpur corridor is a practical manifestation of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment towards religious freedom and harmony.

Speaking on the occasion, the delegation appreciated the efforts of Pakistan’s armed forces in bringing peace and normalcy to tribal districts of the country.

During their stay in Pakistan, the British Sikh soldiers visited Lahore where the dignitaries witnessed flag lowering ceremony at Wagha border.

They visited Lahore Fort, Allama Iqbal Mausoleum and Badshahi Mosque. The British Sikh soldiers also visited several religious sites of the country, including Darbar Hazrat Mian Mir, Haveli Naunihal Singh, Gurdwara Janamasthan Guru Ram Das, Samadi Ranjeet Singh, Gudwara Dera Sahib, Kartarpur Corridor, Nankana Sahib and Dera Panja Sahib.

The delegation also visited Orakzai District and witnessed Samana Fort, Lockhart Fort and Saragarhi Monument. This was the place where 21 Sikh soldiers laid their lives in 1897 as part of British expedition and has much historical significance for Sikhs.

The delegation laid wreath at Saragarhi Monument.