Sikh body continues to govern Gurdwaras, including Kartarpur: FO

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 6, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan categorically rejected the baseless and fallacious propaganda by the Indian government, Thursday, against the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, the Indian accusation has also been rejected by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC).

According to a press release, the PSGPC remains responsible for carrying out rituals in Gurdwara Sahiban, including Kartarpur as per Sikh Rehat Maryada (the code of conduct to live practical and functional aspects of the operations of Sikh Gurdwaras, and religious practices to foster cohesion throughout the community).

The project management unit (PMU) under the evacuee trust property board (ETPB) was created to simply facilitate the PSGPC in this regard.

Any insinuations regarding “transferring” the affairs of the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur from the PSGPC to the PMU are not only contrary to the facts but also aimed at creating religious disharmony by the Hindutva driven Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in India.

The malicious propaganda by the Indian government is simply an attempt to malign the “Peace Corridor” initiative by casting mischievous aspersions against the interests of the Sikh community and to detract attention from India’s own reprehensible human rights’ violations of minorities in India.

The Sikh community from all over the world remains greatly appreciative of the efforts made by Pakistan to complete the Kartarpur Sahib corridor project in record time and for the excellent arrangements made to facilitate the pilgrims.

India will be well advised to take steps to protect its minorities and their places of worship, rather than feigning misleading and sham concerns for the rights of minorities elsewhere.

Separately, according to an Indian press release on Thursday, the Indian foreign office (FO) mentioned: we have seen reports about Pakistan transferring the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the PSGPC, a body run by the minority Sikh community, to the administrative control of the ETPB, a non-Sikh body.

This unilateral decision by Pakistan is highly condemnable and runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large.

We have received representations from the Sikh community expressing grave concern at this decision by Pakistan targeting the rights of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan.

Such actions only expose the reality of the Pakistani government and its leadership’s tall claims of preserving and protecting the rights and welfare of the religious minority communities.

Pakistan is called upon to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community it’s right to manage affairs of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, the Indian FO press release concluded.