Pakistani Sikhs have decided to start an international campaign to get Guru Nanak’s hand-run chakki (millstone) moved back from the UK.
The chakki, said to have been used by the founder of Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus, was allegedly taken away by a UK-based Sikh from Gurdwara Chakki Sahib in Eminabad, a town in Punjab, about a decade ago.
“We have approached almost every authority but to no avail,” Chater Singh, a member of Bibi Nanki Trust Pakistan, told the Times of India, adding that it was unfortunate that the chakki that Gurdwara Chakki Sahib was famous for was not in the temple anymore.
Former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna confirmed that the chakki was in possession of a Sikh individual from the UK.
He further said that if the chakki could not be kept under security at the Eminabad temple then it should be placed in the museum of Gurdwara Janamasthan at Nankana Sahib in Punjab.
Sarna said Sikhs in Pakistan may have been unaware of the significance of the historical article. He said Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) had appealed to the UK-based Sikh to return the millstone.