NEW DELHI: India on Thursday known as 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 non secular sentiments of the Sikh group.
The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) stated India obtained representations from the Sikh group 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 November final 12 months, the 2 nations 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.
“We’ve got seen experiences about Pakistan transferring the administration and upkeep of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee, a physique run by the minority Sikh Neighborhood, to the executive management of the Evacuee Belief Property Board, a non-Sikh physique,” the MEA stated.
“This unilateral determination by Pakistan is very condemnable and runs in opposition to the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Hall as additionally the non secular sentiments of the Sikh group at massive,” it stated.
The MEA stated, the Sikh group, in its representations to India, expressed grave concern over the choice by Pakistan “focusing on the rights” of the minority Sikh group in that nation.
“Such actions solely expose the fact of the Pakistani authorities and its management’s tall claims of preserving and defending the rights and welfare of the non secular minority communities,” the MEA stated.
“Pakistan is named upon to reverse its arbitrary determination to deprive the Sikh minority group its proper to handle affairs of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib,” it stated.
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is positioned in Pakistan’s Narowal district throughout the river Ravi, about 4 kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
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 within the midst of heightened rigidity between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir concern.
The relations between the 2 nations nosedived after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated it into two union territories.
The hall was shut in March in view of the coronavirus pandemic.