Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Saturday expressed concern over the proposed move of Canada's Quebec province authorities to ban wearing of important religious symbols by Sikhs in public places.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Makkar pointed out that a move was underway to ban the wearing of the turban (headgear), 'kara' (steel bangle) and 'kirpan' by Sikh children in schools and colleges. He termed this as a move that will hurt the religious sentiments of Sikhs, who had made a sizeable contribution towards the development of Canada.
Makkar urged Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene and stop the proposal from becoming a law. He also urged Indian PM Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with the Canadian government.