A recent video of a Sikh scholar has shown that the Gurdwara Sahib across the Masti Gates of Lahore Fort which marked the site of shaheedi for Bhai Mani Singh was demolished.
Despite efforts by a Pakistani Journalist raising the issue of the Gurdwara Sahib and providing detailed research the authorities demolished the Gurdwara Sahib.
An article by Tania Qureshi in Pakistan Today highlighted he significance of the Gurdwara Sahib.
” This is the history of Bhai Mani Singh and the Samadhi of this great Sikh leader came inside the borders of Pakistan after partition. Though he was punished to death at Chowk Nakhas near Delhi Gate, his disciples built the Samadhi nearby, inside Masti Gate, just next to Mariam Zamani Mosque opposite the Akbari Gate of Lahore Fort. The Samadhi has not been preserved or declared as a protected monument. At present there are encroachments hiding the Samadhi and the structure itself is corroding. I guess soon it will disappear if protective measures are not taken by the concerned authorities. Heritage has no religion, whatever came to Pakistan is now ours and we need to protect it somehow. We need to restore these places to promote religious tourism which somehow is not picking up in Pakistan. This is a big source economic uplift but I guess the higher authorities are failing to understand this. I hope my voice reaches out to the concerned and this place regains its lost shape and importance. “
Here is the video which revealed the finding: Fast Forward to 1:30 Minutes
The Journalist’s calls to preserve the heritage site despite not being a Muslim site appeared to have been ignored.
In the article, Tania Qureshi describes the significance of the site:
“Bhai Mani Singh stalwartly refused to trade his faith and courageously choose death. By orders of Zakariya Khan, Bhai Mani Singh was executed at Nakhas, Lahore in December, 1737 AD. The Nakhas has since been known as Shaheed Ganj — the place of martyrdom. The place Nakhas is located in Landa Bazaar opposite Delhi Gate of Lahore.”