Punjab & Region

Sikhs have to take license to wear Kirpan in Pak Province

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, December 25

Kirpan (Small religious sword) has been declared as licensed weapon in Pakistan.

The Additional Registrar (Adm.) of Peshawar court in reply to a reference from Babaji Gurpal Singh representative of Sikh community on December 22, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Merger Area has informed that under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Arms Policy-2012, sword has been declared as licensed weapon and advised to secure it from the quarter authorities.

With this reference, the Sikhs in Pakistan will have to take license to wear Kirpan in Pak province.

On the other hand, the SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami, condemning the restrictions on Sikhs in government institutions, court complex and public places in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,  saying that Kirpan is not a knife or a dagger but a symbol of faith for the Sikhs whereas the Sikhs living in other parts of the globe were permitted to carry the religious symbols at all places, including airports.