Sarna asks SGPC not to impose its will on Sikhs of Pakistan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2014 21:38 IST

Former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna has asked the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to refrain from "imposing its will on the Sikhs of Pakistan".
Sarna, who returned from Pakistan on Tuesday, claimed that the Sikhs across the border were satisfied by the management of their gurdwaras by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee (PSGPC) and the government of Pakistan.

He pointed out that the PSGPC and the Sikhs of Pakistan continue to follow the 'original' Nanakshahi calender of 2003 and even observed the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev on June 16 and not in accordance with the date (June 1) of the revised calender of 2010.

In fact, Sikhs from other countries reached Pakistan to observe this day on June 16, Sarna said while pointing out that he had also attended the religious functions at Nanakana Sahib and Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore.

"Makkar is lying by claiming that the Sikhs of Pakistan had decided to abide by the revised Nanakshahi calender. In fact the Sikhs there are angry at Makkar", he claimed.

Sarna said that the Sikhs of Pakistan have given time to the SGPC and the Akal Takht to resolve the Nanakshahi calender issue or else they will call a World Sikh Conference at Nanakana Sahib or in Lahore on October 9 to find a solution.

On his being given the 'kar sewa' of Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore, Sarna said that he had accepted it and Baba Jagtar Singh will be incharge.

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