ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday (November 6) summoned the Indian Cost d’Affaires to the Ministry of International Affairs to speak that Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) remained chargeable for finishing up rituals in gurdwaras throughout the nation, together with on the Kartarpur Sahib.
The transfer comes a day after India described as “extremely condemnable” Pakistan’s determination to switch the administration of the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara from a Sikh physique to a separate belief, saying it runs in opposition to the spiritual sentiments of the Sikh neighborhood.
The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) stated on Thursday that India had obtained representations from the Sikh neighborhood expressing grave concern over the choice to switch the administration and upkeep of the gurudwara from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee to the executive management of the Evacuee Belief Property Board, a non-Sikh physique.
In accordance with the Pakistan International Workplace, it was underlined that the PSGPC remained chargeable for finishing up rituals in Gurdwara Sahiban, together with Kartarpur as per the Sikh Rehat Maryada, and the Venture Administration Unit (PMU), below the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB), had merely been created to facilitate the PSGPC.
It stated that the Indian facet was advised that any insinuations concerning transferring the affairs of the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur from the PSGPC to the PMU have been opposite to the info and ran in opposition to the spirit of the landmark initiative.
In November final yr, the 2 international locations threw open a hall linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative.
The Kartarpur hall was thrown open within the midst of heightened pressure between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir challenge.
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is positioned in Pakistan’s Narowal district throughout the river Ravi, about 4 kilometers from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
It’s the closing resting place of the Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, who had spent the final 18 years of his life in Kartarpur.