SHAM Singh, the founder president of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, passed away at a Lahore hospital Sunday morning. He was 88.
“Sham Singh had suffered a head injury after a fall. He was also suffering from high blood pressure. He was in hospital for the last 11 days,” said PSGPC general secretary Gopal Singh Chawla.
Chawla is among those who could be named president of PSGPC. Other names doing the rounds are that of PSGPC vice-presidents Amarjit Singh and Taru Singh.
Sham Singh was appointed founder president of PSGPC in 1999 when Nawaz Sharif was prime minister of Pakistan.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar condoled his death. “He served PSGPC for a long time. We condole his demise,” Makkar said.
Sham Singh was born in Sindh province of Pakistan and, according to Chawla, he tried to visit India for tercentenary celebrations of the Guru Granth Sahib on Gurta Gaddi Diwas at Hazoor Sahib but was denied visa.
Chawla said Lahore Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman were among those who were present when Sham Singh was cremated with state honours at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak.
After taking over as president of PSGPC, Sham Singh remained at the helm of affairs till 2005. He again took over as PSGPC president in 2008.