India hits out at Pakistan for handing over Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib’s management to non-Sikh body
The Sikh community is very disappointed by Pakistan’s move on the highly-revered Gurudwara
India has slammed Pakistan for its decision to transfer the management and maintenance of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudawara Prabhandhak Committee to the Evacuee Trust Property Board, which is a non-Sikh body.
“We have seen reports about Pakistan transferring the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (PSGPC), a body run by the minority Sikh Community, to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a non-Sikh body,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
“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,” the MEA said.
“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,” the MEA added, asking Pakistan to reverse its arbitrary decision on Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.
“Pakistan is called upon to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community its right to manage affairs of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib,” the MEA said.
For the first time, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been scrapped off its management rights of this sacred Gurudwara, which is thronged by millions of Sikh every year from across the world to offer their prayers.