India on Friday said it will summon a diplomat from the Pakistan High Commission over the neighbouring nation’s decision to transfer the management of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib from a Sikh body to a separate trust.
A day ago, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had strongly objected to Pakistan’s move to transfer the management of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) to the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), which is a non-Sikh body.
MEA condemned the decision and said the decision is against religious sentiments of the Sikh community. It added that the move exposes the reality of the Pakistani government and its leadership.
In a statement issued on Thursday, MEA said, “We have seen reports about Pakistan transferring the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee, a body run by the minority Sikh Community, to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a non-Sikh body.”
“This unilateral decision by Pakistan is highly condemnable and runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large,” the MEA added.
The MEA has also said that India has received representations from the Sikh community regarding the move.
They have expressed grave concern over the decision to transfer the management of the gurdwara to a non-Sikh body. They have also said that Pakistan’s decision is “targeting the rights” of the minority Sikh community in the country.
“Such actions only expose the reality of the Pakistani government and its leadership’s tall claims of preserving and protecting the rights and welfare of the religious minority communities,” the MEA said.
“Pakistan is called upon to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community its right to manage affairs of the Holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib,” it said.