CHANDIGARH/AMRITSAR: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up with Pakistan the switch of Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara’s administration from a Sikh physique to a separate belief and guarantee restoration of established order. The […]
The Pakistan authorities’s determination to ascertain a undertaking administration unit consisting of non-Sikhs has damage the emotions of the Sikh neighborhood worldwide, Badal stated in a press release.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president sought Modi’s intervention within the matter.
He urged Modi to take up the difficulty together with his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan and that the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) be tasked with guaranteeing established order is restored at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur on the earliest.
“That is additionally towards the ‘maryada’ (code of conduct) related to Sikh shrines,” Badal stated.
He stated the Sikh neighborhood views this determination as a direct assault on the non secular rights of its members in Punjab.
It’s the first time that the administration of a Sikh shrine has been taken out of the purview of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) and handed over to the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB), he added.
Badal additionally dismissed the Pakistan authorities’s reasoning that this determination was wanted to rake in monetary returns from the “undertaking”.
He stated the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara and adjoining land, which was tilled by Sri Guru Nanak Dev, are revered by tens of millions as a sacred pilgrimage web site.
“The Pakistan authorities shouldn’t run it like a money-making undertaking. It also needs to make sure the PSGPC manages the shrine to make sure prescribed ‘rehat maryada’ is absorbed,” he stated.
Badal additionally issued a private enchantment to Imran Khan, asking him to direct Punjab’s non secular affairs ministry to scrap the nine-member undertaking administration unit and handover the shrine to the PSGPC.
“Due monetary and infrastructure assist needs to be given to the PSGPC to handle and keep the holy shrine,” he added.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages gurdwaras of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, and the BJP additionally hit out at Pakistan over the choice.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal stated the Pakistan authorities ought to assessment its determination, holding in view the feelings of the Sikh neighborhood.
BJP nationwide normal secretary Tarun Chugh stated this determination not solely hurts the non secular sentiments of Punjabis but additionally raises doubts about Pakistan’s motives as its military has all the time intently monitored the administration of the gurdwara.
“It’s extremely reprehensible that the brand new administration committee constituted to run the gurdwara has no member from the Sikh neighborhood and is as an alternative filled with Muslims,” he stated.
Earlier within the day, the MEA described as “extremely condemnable” Pakistan’s determination to switch the administration of the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to the belief, saying it runs towards the non secular sentiments of the Sikh neighborhood.
Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara is situated in Pakistan’s Narowal district throughout river Ravi, about 4 kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab.
It’s the last resting place of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, who had spent the final 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.
The Kartarpur hall was thrown open final yr within the midst of heightened stress between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir difficulty. The 2 sides had agreed on visa-free journey for Indian pilgrims to the shrine.
The hall was shut in March this yr in view of the coronavirus pandemic.