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UK Sikh Businessmen To Donate £500M To Upgrade Pak’s Religious Sites

The UK-based Peter Virdee Foundation (PVF) and some Sikh businessmen has announced to donate £500 million (Rs 96.5 billion) for the upgradation of religious tourism in Pakistan. The hefty financial commitment was made by PVF, a non-profit organization working for marginalized section of society, in a meeting with Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhhari, Chairman of the Pakistan Tourism Board (NTCB) in London. Talking to media, Bukhari on Tuesday said that the PVF’s announcement for setting up the £500 million fund depicted how the government was channelising available resources for promoting religious tourism effectively. Virdee said that the Virdee Foundation would be making massive financial commitment by announcing to set up a trust under the name of Guru Nanak Dev. “Money was not an issue for the Sikh community,” said Gurjeet Singh of UK Sikh Federation while adding that as they were prepared to lay down their lives for their Gurdwaras. Gurjeet said that Bukhhari had assured the Sikh community leaders to extend various facilities for pilgrimage to Pakistan. The commitments include the possibility of online visas, visas on arrival, establishment of tourism desks in Pakistani embassies and dedicated staff to facilitate visas for those participating in yatras in Pakistan later this year, Gurjeet said while adding that the meeting was held following the Kartarpur corridor project’s commencement on both side of Indo-Pak border. Gurjeet moreover informed that a Pakistani journalist had donated his land to Pak authorities for construction of accommodation near Kartarpur Sahib.

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