India on Friday night slammed Pakistan’s determination of snatching away the administration of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur from the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC). The highest diplomat of Pakistan was summoned in Delhi to strongly protest over the change within the administration of the Gurdwara.
The Imran Khan-led Pakistan authorities formally took away the complete management of the Gurdwara at Kartarpur in Punjab’s Narowal District from the PSGPC and gave it to Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB), a Muslim physique. The ETPB manages spiritual properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan.
A venture administration unit was shaped beneath the ETBP that had no Sikh on it, sparking indignant response by Sikh teams. The transfer got here days forward of the primary anniversary of the inauguration of the historic Kartarpur Hall on November 9.
Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated that India conveyed to Pakistan’s Motion Excessive Commissioner Aftab Hasan, “that this unilateral determination by Pakistan is very condemnable” and “runs in opposition to the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Hall as additionally the spiritual sentiments of the Sikh neighborhood at massive”.
The summoning continued for 20 minutes on the ME headquarters. New Delhi has already acquired many representations from the Sikh neighborhood over the event expressing grave concern at this determination by Pakistan.
The MEA spokesperson stated, “Pakistan is named upon to reverse its arbitrary determination to deprive the Sikh minority neighborhood it’s proper to handle affairs of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.”
Founding father of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev ji, spent the final 18 years of his life within the Gurudwara which is just some kilometres away from the Worldwide border with India. Earlier the Gurudwara’s administration was beneath Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. It is for the primary time that the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been scrapped off its administration rights of this sacred Gurdwara.
As reported by Zee Information on November 4, the Pakistan Ministry of Spiritual Affairs (MoRA) on November 3 launched the official order taking away the administration rights from the PSGPC.
Notably, ETPB has already eliminated 4 members particularly Gopal Singh Chawla and Mahinderpal Singh (each Sikhs), Shanela Ruth (Christian) and Ravi Kumar (Hindu) members from minority neighborhood from ETPB’s board. Whereas rejecting the claims of ETPB on the subject of establishing of PMU Kartarpur Sahib, sources knowledgeable that villages round Kartarpur Sahib had important strategical worth for Pakistan Military and ISI.
Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is sort of energetic in areas near the Indo-Pak Worldwide border and makes use of a lot of its villages like Masroor Bara Bai because the launchpad of terrorists to infiltrate into India stated sources. The terrorists who had infiltrated into India to hold out Dinangar police station assault in 2015 had reportedly stayed for about a few days at Masroor Bara Bai village earlier than getting into into India.
The 4-km lengthy hall hyperlinks Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan – the ultimate resting place of Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev. On November 9, 2019, the Pakistan PM had formally inaugurated the Kartarpur Hall as a part of the commemoration of the 550th beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak at a vibrant ceremony.
Pakistan’s official order: An official order on November 3 learn, “Consequent upon the approval of Undertaking Administration Unit (PMU) Kartarpur Hall by ECC of the Cupboard, and ratified by the Cupboard (conveyed by MoRA…dated 23.10.2020), the competent authority has been happy to determine Undertaking Administration Unit (PMU), a self-financing physique, for Administration and Upkeep of Gurdwara Dardar Sahib Kartarpur (GADSK) beneath the executive management of ETPB.”
It additional listed 9 officers and workers members who’ve been posted at PMU at Kartarpur Narowal to implement the Undertaking Enterprise Plan. The officers are– Muhammad Tariq Khan, AS Shrines, ETPB as Chief Govt Officer OPS (further cost); Abdullah Awais, Assistant Administrator as Deputy Secretary Admn/ Finance OPS; Haider Muktar, Accountant; ETPB as Assistant Accounts Officer; Ahsan Khan, ASO, ETPB as Safety Officer; Haider All Bangash, Laptop Operator, ETPB; Khushnood Shoukat, UDC (Survey), ETPB; Arshad Guijar, LDC (Accounts), ETPB; Adil Ali, Naib Qasid, ETP and Tanveer Ahmed, Driver, ETPB.
It added, “All officers/ official…are relieved from their duties with instant impact with instructions to hitch their new place of posting forthwith.”
On October 29, PSGPC chief Satwant Singh had informed information company PTI that it’ll have a good time the primary anniversary of the inauguration of the Kartarpur Hall on November 9. Nonetheless, the ETPB had distanced itself from the PSGPC’s initiative, saying “it has not acquired any directions to have a good time the primary anniversary of the inauguration of the hall thus far”.
Kartarpur Hall first anniversary: “We have now determined in precept to have a good time the primary anniversary of the inauguration of the Kartarpur Hall and for the aim, we are going to invite some two to 3 ministers and different authorities functionaries,” Singh informed PTI. When requested as to why the ETPB was not internet hosting this operate together with the PSGPC, Singh had stated, “Because the building of Kartarpur Hall is a historic occasion, the Sikh physique in Pakistan has determined in precept to have a good time its first inauguration anniversary. And thus far the ETPB is worried, we’re inviting it and different authorities functionaries and ministers for the occasion.”
The hall, which permits Indian pilgrims to undertake visa-free journey to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara – was closed on March 16 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. India has stated a call to re-open the Kartarpur hall could be taken in accordance with the protocols referring to COVID-19 and easing of restrictions.
Singh additional stated that Sikhs from all components of Pakistan would go to the hall on November 9. “Some 500 to 1,000 locals go to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib each day,” he had stated. In the meantime, an official of the ETPB had informed PTI that no operate in reference to the primary anniversary of the inauguration of the hall has been deliberate on the authorities stage. “The PSGPC is organizing a programme by itself,” he had stated.
Earlier in October, the Overseas Workplace had stated that Pakistan will have a good time the 551st beginning anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from November 28 to 30.