Pak cancels ‘Jashan-e-Bahar’ at Kartarpur Sahib over SGPC objections

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (Punjab, Pakistan) (Photo:PTI)
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (Punjab, Pakistan) (Photo:PTI)

Pakistan has cancelled ‘Jashan-e-Bahar’ programme that was scheduled to take place from March 23 to 27 near Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara due to objections raised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). The SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami had raised objections to the event being held near the gurudwara citing that it was against the code of conduct (maryada) of the religious place. Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is the final resting place of the Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

The SGPC received the information regarding the cancellation of the programme through an email from CEO, PMU, Latif, on Friday evening, the release said.

After objection from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) the Pakistan government took note of the SGPC objection and immediately withdrew the Jashan-e-Bahar programme. “The decision by PMU, Sri Kartarpur Sahib, to stop the programme by taking the SGPC objection seriously is in the favour of the historical significance of the shrine and the maryada (code of conduct) of the Guru’s house. For the same, we thank the Pakistan Government and Evacuee Trust Property Board including the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,” said Dhami.

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