State Bank of Pakistan has formally issued a commemorative coin on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism.
Speaking during a ceremony in Karachi, State Bank Governor Reza Baqir said that the purpose of releasing the commemorative coin by the central bank is to supplement and be part of national efforts to promote interfaith harmony.
He said that the founder of Sikh religion preached the message of peace and brotherhood. He expressed the confidence that through this coin, his message will reach every household. A delegation led by Pakistan Sikh Council leader Sardar Ramesh Singh Khalsa also attended the event.
The governor informed the audience that this is the first time in the history of the country that a coin in memory of a religious personality is issued. In his address, Sardar Ramesh Singh Khalsa thanked the State Bank and said that the issuance of the coin serves as special gift for 140 million Sikhs living all over the world.
SPECIAL STAMP: The commemorative coins are available through the exchange counters of all field offices of the SBP Banking Services Corporation from November 12, 2019. These coins are also available at the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara and Shrine of Baba Guru Nanak at Kartarpur. The State Bank governor presented memento to the chief guest.
The Pakistan Post already issued special stamp to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak on the inaugural day of the Kartarpur Corridor. The national postal service also established a post office each in Kartarpur and Nankana to facilitate pilgrims.
MAIN CEREMONY IN NANKANA: Sikh community all over the world observed 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and main ceremony of the day was held at Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana. Joining the event as special guest, Minister for Interior Affairs Ejaz Shah said that the Kartarpur Corridor is a great gift from the federal government to pave the way for peace and friendship.
He said that Pakistan will continue to look after holy places of minorities including Sikh community’s in as better way as possible. Addressing the ceremony, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that the government is committed to protect religious heritage of minorities.
He said that Pakistani people have opened their hearts for Kartarpur Corridor project. In his message, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that the opening of Kartarpur Corridor has rejuvenated joys of the Sikh community and it is another historic step of the government for promotion of religious harmony.