Demolishing of Guru Nanak Palace Yet Another Sign of Growing Influence of Extremists in Pakistan

Washington, DC (May 28, 2019) — In response to media reports that the centuries-old Guru Nanak Palace, in Narowal, Pakistan, has been demolished with the blessing of local officials, HAF Managing Director Samir Kalra offered the following statement of condemnation:

“Though Pakistan pays lip service to protection of minority faiths, the reality is that Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Ahmaddiya Muslims all face significant persecution at the hands of both the government and non-state actors. The destruction of the Guru Nanak Palace, an historic site named after Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak and a place of pilgrimage for Sikhs, is the latest example of the disconnect between official statements by the Government of Pakistan and the daily lived reality for its minority communities. HAF unequivocally condemns this destruction.”

The destruction of Guru Nanak Palace comes in the same week as as a Pakistani Hindu doctor was arrested for alleged blasphemy in Sindh Province, with mobs of angry Muslims burning businesses of other local Hindus in reaction to the news. HAF is monitoring the situation.