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After 1947, an archaeological survey in Pakistan found 130 important historic gurdwaras. 

In 2014, a researcher from the UK shared that 90% of Sikh heritage sites are found in Pakistan, mainly in Punjab. This shows how strong the connection is between the Sikh community and Pakistan. Around 20,000 Sikhs live there, according to the US State Department's estimates.

Gurudwaras in Pakistan 

After 1947, an archaeological survey in Pakistan found 130 important historic gurdwaras. Among these, 28 were dedicated to Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Notable ones include Gurdwara Janam Asthan (his birthplace), Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Sachcha Sauda, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Chaki Sahib, and Gurdwara Bairi Sahib. Another gurdwara, Janam Asthan Guru Ram Das in Lahore, honors the fourth Guru, Sri Ram Das. Additionally, eight gurdwaras, like Gurdwara Budhu Ka Awa in Lahore, commemorate the fifth Guru, Sri Arjan Devji.

These gurdwaras often owned buildings and land. However, their property came under the control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board. Members of the Sikh community argue that this has led to the misuse and neglect of these religious sites, as little effort has been made to maintain them.

Many gurdwaras in Pakistan are in bad shape, left empty and sometimes used for storing animals or as shops. This happens not just in far-off areas, but even where authorities should notice. Sikhs from India can't visit all their important sites due to visa restrictions, according to one pilgrim. Ignoring these places of worship harms religious harmony, crucial for lasting peace and tolerance.Thus preserving Sikh heritage in Pakistan remains a poignant endeavour  highlighting the need for concerted efforts to safeguard religious diversity.

*Based on article by Rana Tanveer, published in The Tribune on 23rd January 2014 


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