Such actions expose Pakistan government’s leadership’s claims of protecting minority rights, the MEA said.
The Pakistani government strips PSGPC(Pakistan’s Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee) off its managerial rights over Kartarpur Gurudwara sahib in Pakistan. The Kartarpur corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan in November last year, making way for India Sikh pilgrims to visit gurudwara sahib without a visa.
During the partition of 1947, Kartarpur sahib was awarded to Pakistan according to the Radcliffe line. This gurudwara is the second most important gurdwara for Sikhs all over the world.
The Indian government in a statement opposed the arbitrary decision taken by the Pakistani government to transfer the management of Gurdwara Kartar Sahib to a non-Sikh committee. This decision is clearly insensitive to the religious sentiments and virtues of the Sikh in Pakistan and all over the world.
The Ministry of External Affairs probes the Pakistani government to undo this unreasonable administrative move and restore the rights of the Sikh minority to manage their place of worship in Kartarpur.
Our statement on reports about Pakistan transferring the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib pic.twitter.com/82S7we2P2y
— Anurag Srivastava (@MEAIndia) November 5, 2020
In 1960, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) in Lahore was responsible for managing and reallotting the land left behind by Sikhs and Hindus who moved to India after the partition. Under this board, Project Management Unit Kartarpur Corridor is responsible for changing the management of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
The Pakistani government charges roughly 1500 rupees for entering the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, this includes access to only the gurdwara and the area of 5 km around it.
Political groups like Shiromani Akali Dal have criticised the Imran Khan government for violating the Sikh autonomy over their place of worship. “This is a grave attack on fundamental rights of the Sikh minority in Pakistan,” said Daljit Singh Cheema in a Twitter live.
. @Akali_Dal_ नेता @drcheemasad ने श्री करतारपुर साहिब गुरुदवारे के रखरखाव का जिम्मा PSGPC से लिए जाने को पाकिस्तान में सिखों के मौलिक अधिकारों पर बताया हमला@sdineshaa @officeofssbadal @narendramodi @DrSJaishankar @ImranKhanPTI #NewsPHH pic.twitter.com/kK8QRMxrOP
— News PHH (PunjabHaryanaHimachal) (@newsphh) November 5, 2020
By Bhavya Shyam