Prime Minister Imran Khan has been recognised with a “Lifetime Achievement” award by two leading British Sikh organisations during the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak.
The event held at the London City Hall was co-hosted by the Sikh Network, Sikh Federation (UK), and Dr Onkar Sahsota, a member of the London Assembly in collaboration with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The event, attended by dozens of Sikh figures and others from across Britain, celebrated the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji focusing on his universal message of well-being “Sarbat da Bhalaa”.
Sahibzada Jahangir, spokesman for Prime Minister Khan for Trade and Investment in UK and Europe, received the award on behalf of the premier.
The London mayor welcomed guests and highlighted the achievements and contributions of Sikhs in the UK.
Khan expressed his admiration for the Sikh community and Sikh religion’s teachings of striving for equality, acceptance and oneness.
Preet Kaur Gill, Dr Sahota, Deputy Mayor Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Satpal Singh, Jas Singh, Canon Mark Poulson, and others also spoke during the event.
Jahangir said that the Kartarpur Corridor reinforced the idea of Sikhs as a bridge between cultures and countries.
He went on to express how honoured the prime minster would be to receive this recognition and how keen he is to support Sikhs visiting Pakistan.
Jahangir added that it was a matter of pride for Prime Minister Khan’s government that “tremendous work” on Kartarpur Corridor was completed in the shortest possible period of nine months in order to make it possible for the Sikh community to come to Kartarpur in time for Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s celebrations.
“It all became possible because of Imran Khan’s love and passion for peace and humanity. I invite Sikhs from all around the world to come to Pakistan and enjoy our brotherly hospitality and love,” Jahangir said.
“Pakistan is now open for foreign investment as the country’s natural resources offers them great opportunities and their assets under the leadership of Imran Khan will be 100% protected at all times,” he added.
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