Pak flayed over transfer of Kartarpur shrine management - ECAS Punjab

Pak flayed over transfer of Kartarpur shrine management

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 5

At a time when the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) was all set to celebrate the first anniversary of the inauguration of the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur corridor on November 9, the Pakistan government's move to snub its Sikh body in managing the control of the Shrine has not gone down well with the Indian Sikh gurdwara bodies.

However, PSGPC president Satwant Singh observed this development as "nothing new", but an administrative set up which was being "projected wrongly".

An official Pakistan government notification issued on November 3 speaks about forming a project management unit (PMU), Kartarpur Corridor, run under Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). Ironically, the additional secretary (shrines) ETPB Mohammad Tariq Khan headed eight member PMU has no Sikh on its panel.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur is probably the first Sikh shrine for which the PMU was constituted.

Talking to The Tribune, Satwant Singh said, "The ETPB manages technical and security aspects of religious properties and all Sikh and Hindu shrines in Pakistan. The PSGPC is liable to maintain the rituals and Sikh 'rehat maryada' of gurdwaras and organise religious occasions.

from The Tribune

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