Peshawar: Indian-origin British historian and writer Bobby Singh Bansal, who is taken into account as an authority on Sikh heritage in Pakistan, has claimed that 90 per cent of the Sikh heritage websites are situated within the nation, principally within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as he underlined their potential to advertise spiritual tourism.
Talking at a visitor speak titled ‘From Kartarpur to Khyber Pass’ on the Victoria Memorial Corridor of Peshawar Museum on Friday, the UK-born historian took the viewers to an fascinating journey by means of a historic panorama dotted with Sikh period monuments, forts, battlefields, shrines, tombs, gurdwaras and havelies.
He mentioned 90 per cent of the Sikh heritage websites are situated in Pakistan. The KP province, which has the utmost variety of such websites, has the potential to draw the Sikh group from throughout the globe.
Bansal, who can be a filmmaker, talked about Sikh personalities related to the KP province, significantly Basic Hari Singh Nalwa and Akali Phoola Singh. Each died in KP and their tombs are there.
The ‘Jamrud Fort’ in Khyber district is a “goldmine” for attracting Sikh vacationers due to the tomb of Nalwa there, he mentioned.
Nalwa was the commander-in-chief of the military of the Sikh Empire.
“He is one of the most revered personalities among the Sikhs and people from the community would want to visit his tomb. The love and association for Hari Singh Nalwa by Sikh community could be gauged from the fact that my own car number plate carry his name,” Bansal mentioned.
If Pakistan permits Sikh diaspora to go to the cremation web site and tomb of Nalwa, the group members from throughout the globe will rush to the location, he mentioned.
He additionally highlighted different Sikh-era monuments, together with the tomb of Akali Phoola Singh in Nowshera, the Balahisar Fort, Gor Ghattree, the Shabqadar Fort and the Bhai Biba Singh temple.
“These places should be on Sikh tourist map of KP. This topic is of particular interest to the Sikh diaspora from around the world who would like to travel to KP and be part of organised tours to be able to view this shared heritage,” he mentioned on the lecture organised by the KP Directorate of Archeology.
Bansal, who can be the director of the Sikh Heritage Basis UK, narrated his experiences of visiting the KP province since 1980s and the next analysis, which led him to go to and doc all of the Sikh monuments in KP from 2007 to 2019.
Bansal is the person behind Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s life-size statue that was unveiled on the Mai Jindan Haveli within the Lahore Fort on the event of 180th demise anniversary of the legendary Sikh ruler in June. His father migrated to the UK from India in early 1960s.