– Pakistani Sikhs dissent over printing and cremation of Holy Scriptures

Sikh24 Editors

Nankana Sahib, Panjab, Pakistan, 2 February 2017. Installation of electric furnace at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Narowal) by Pakistan government for cremation of Holy Scriptures of Sri Guru Granth Sahib has drawn criticism of Pakistan based Sikh masses.

Sikhs residing in Pakistan have asserted that the installation of electric furnace for the cremation of Gurbani Scriptures was against Sikh tenets and they won’t allow the sacrilege of Holy Scriptures at any cost. As per an estimate, near about 15 Holy Scriptures of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Pakistan have aged and need to be cremated.

Simultaneously, common Sikhs masses in Pakistan have also objected over the installation of printing press by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) for the printing of Holy Scriptures.

While the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee and the Sikhs having proximity with ruling party are appreciating the ETPB’s initiative of installing printing press in Pakistan, at the same time common Sikh masses are expressing concern over the abiding of Sikh code of conduct during printing of Holy Scriptures.

“The PSGPC cannot even get a nod to take independent decision to hold religious functions at Gurdwaras here, how can they assure the sangat that it can uphold code of conduct during printing,” asked Mahinderpal Singh. “A big majority of our Gurdwaras are not even functional here, there’s no need to have a printing press,” he added.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board had earlier announced to install printing press in Pakistan to avoid sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at various travel check-ins while carrying the Holy Scriptures from India to Pakistan.


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