A spokesperson of Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand has slammed Pakistan government’s recent transfer of Kartarpur Sahib management to ‘non-Sikh body’ and calling it against the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

Daljit Singh, spokesperson of Supreme Sikh Society NZ vehemently condemned Pakistan government’s recent move of taking away management of revered religious shrine from Sikh body and handing over to ‘non-Sikh body’.

Speaking to the Indian Weekender Singh said, “We strongly condemn Pakistan government for taking away management from Sikh body and giving to the non-Sikh body.”

For uninitiated Pakistan government has transferred the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, a body run by the minority Sikh Community, to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a non-Sikh body.

“How can one expect someone who has not basic understanding and knowledge about the tenets of Sikhism manage the revered shrine,” Singh said. 

“This is a violation of Sikh religious sentiments,” Singh further affirmed.

Kartarpur Sahib is a gurdwara in Kartarpur, located in Shakargarh, Narowal District, in the Punjab province of Pakistan – the historic site where the founder of Sikhism, Shree Guru Nanak, settled and assembled the Sikh community after his missionary travels.

This religious shrine is located close to the borders of the two countries India and Pakistan and in 2019, on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Shree Guru Nanak Pakistan government has opened a corridor to facilitate a rare visa-free travel of Sikhs from India.

Notably, five special Sikh delegates from Supreme Sikh Society has travelled from New Zealand to Pakistan on a personal invitation from Pakistan government at the time of historic opening of the Kartarpur Corridor in November 2019.

At that time, Sikh Society had hailed the historic opening of the corridor as a symbol of unity, peace and brotherhood.

However, that earlier bonhomie notwithstanding, Singh was unequivocal in criticism of Pakistan government’s latest move that clearly tramples that earlier demonstrated goodwill towards Sikh minorities in the country.

Earlier, the government of India have also condemned Pakistan government for this unilateral move which runs against the spirit of Kartarpur Saheb corridor and the Sikh community at large.