Pakistan: First Sikh officer assumes charge as PRO to Punjab’s Governor

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By Muhammad Luqman

In a first, a Sikh has been appointed as the public relations officer (PRO) to the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The announcement of the appointment of Pawan Singh Arora was made by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar. “For the first in history of Governor House, Lahore, first Sikh Public Relations Officer, Pawan Singh Arora, has assumed charge as PRO to Governor, Punjab,” Sarwar tweeted.

Born on April 12, 1989, Singh was previously working as Information Officer of Nankana Sahab district. This central Punjab district is home to a number of sacred places of Sikhdom including the Gurdwara Janam Asthan.

In the past, the 29-year-old  Pawan Singh Arora has also worked as a content writer at an advertising agency Message Communications and as a professional actor at Ajoka Theatre. He has also been a radio broadcaster at Daily Nai Baat, Apna FM Network and Mast FM 103.

Sikhs form a small community in Pakistan, most of whom live in Punjab, and parts of Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

In November last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor, which connects two Sikh holy sites — Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak in India.

Pakistan’s friendly gesture is meant to facilitate the Indian Sikh community to visit the sacred place where Baba Guru Nanak, their spiritual leader, lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.

 

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