• Kushal Kumar Jha

India condemns transfer of management & maintenance of Kartarpur Sahib to a Pakistan's non-Sikh body

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India has condemned the Pakistan's decision to transfer management and maintenance of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib from a body run by the Sikh community to a non-Sikh body. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement today, said that reports have been seen about Pakistan transferring the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board. "This unilateral decision by Pakistan runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large," read the statement, released by the Ministry of External Affairs. Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee is a body run by the minority Sikh Community whereas the Evacuee Trust Property Board is a non-Sikh body. MEA has received representations from the Sikh community expressing grave concern at this decision by Pakistan targeting the rights of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan. India said, 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. New Delhi has called upon Pakistan to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community of its right to manage affairs of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.

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