New Delhi, November 5
India has condemned the move by Pakistan to transfer the management of Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a non-Sikh body.
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), a body run by the minority Sikh community, had been in control of the shrine so far. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today asked Pakistan “to reverse its arbitrary decision depriving the Sikh minority community of its right to manage affairs of Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara”.
Pak rejects objection
Rejecting the Indian objection, the Pakistan Foreign Office said the gurdwara remained under the control of PSGPC, which was responsible for carrying out rituals as per the Sikh “rehat maryada”. It said the Project Management Unit under the Evacuee Trust Property Board had been created only to facilitate the PSGPC in this regard.
“This unilateral decision by Pakistan is highly condemnable and runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor as also religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa led a delegation to meet joint secretary of the Pakistan Desk this afternoon. — TNS