Amritsar, March 18
After the objection of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Pakistan canceled the “Jashan-e-Bahar” program which was to take place from March 23-27 near Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.
After learning of the event, the SGPC Chairman, Harjinder Singh Dhami, raised a strong objection and the SGPC Secretary wrote a letter to Muhammad Latif, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Sri Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Ameer Singh, chairman of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) and Aftab Hasan Khan, Pakistan’s acting high commissioner to India, called on Friday for the program to be cancelled.
The Pakistani government has taken cognizance of the SGPC’s objection and has decided to immediately cancel the Jashan-e-Bahar program, a statement issued by the SGPC, the top religious body for Sikhs, said here.
The SGPC received the information regarding the cancellation of the program through an email from PMU CEO Latif on Friday evening, according to the statement.
Dhami had urged the Pakistani government on Thursday not to hold the cultural festival near Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, saying it went against the religious venue’s “maryada” (code of conduct).
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is the final resting place of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev.
Welcoming Pakistan’s cancellation of the program, Dhami hoped that “such a mistake will not happen again in the future”.
“The decision of the PMU, Sri Kartarpur Sahib, to stop the program taking seriously the objection of the SGPC, is in favor of the historical significance of the shrine and the maryada (code of conduct) of the Guru’s house. For the same, we thank the Pakistani government and the board of evacuees property, including the Pakistani Sikh Committee Gurdwara Parbandhak,” Dhami said in the statement.
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