A party held at the holy site of Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan has sparked controversy and hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. Jagdip Singh Kahlon, the General Secretary of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, has accused the organizers of serving alcohol and meat during the event, which goes against Sikh beliefs. Kahlon has strongly condemned the incident and called on the Pakistani government to take swift action against those responsible. This incident follows a similar controversy in 2021 when bareheaded photos of a Pakistani model within the Gurdwara complex drew widespread criticism on social media.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Harjinder Singh Dhami and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Harmeet Singh Kalka have expressed concern over the incident. SGPC president Dhami emphasized that if the event took place within the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib complex, it would be a violation of Sikh traditions and sentiments, especially considering the site’s association with Guru Nanak Dev. DSGMC spokesperson Manjit Singh Bhoma has demanded a public apology from the organizers, highlighting that the event occurred near the PMU office, an integral part of the Gurdwara Kartarpur complex. Sikh organizations view any actions that disrespect the sanctity of the religious site very seriously.
This incident has reignited concerns about the importance of adhering to Sikh traditions and responsibly managing religious sites. The Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib holds significant meaning for Sikhs worldwide, and any perceived disrespect is likely to elicit strong reactions from the Sikh community.
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