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SGPC to set up panel to look into charges against ex-PSGPC chief

punjab Updated: Dec 21, 2015 20:02 IST
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Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the Pakistan government’s act of arresting Mastan Singh under the blasphemy law is direct interference in religious affairs of Sikhs.(HT Photo )

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will set a committee to look into allegations against former Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) chief Mastan Singh, who has been held under the blasphemy law.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said the Pakistan government’s act of arresting Mastan Singh is direct interference in the religious affairs of Sikhs.“We are not defending Mastan but any action should be taken after proper investigation which is necessary to bring out the truth,” said Makkar.

“We will constitute a fact-finding committee to inquire allegations against Mastan. The panel may be sent to Pakistan,” said Makkar. “The Pakistan government should conduct proper investigation and then take appropriate action in the case,” he added.

Mastan Singh was held with his 25 accomplices under the blasphemy law for allegedly attacking a gurdwara in Nankana Sahib in the Punjab province and chanting anti-Pakistan slogans after a complaint from PSGPC incumbent president Sham Singh. Mastan was allegedly booked under sections 23-A (anti-state slogans) 295-A (injuring or defiling places of worship) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The date of arrest is still unclear.