Tribune press service
Amritsar, December 17
In what could be an act of sacrilege and an insult to the Sikh faith, allegations have surfaced that ‘parshad’ was offered to pilgrims from Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, on disposable paper plates made of cigarette packaging materials.
The plaques allegedly bear images of the Kartarpur shrine on one side and images of the âGold Streetâ cigarette brand on the other. We learn that the question was raised by some pilgrims who visited the shrine. Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) Chairman Ameer Singh said the problem was brought to his attention three days ago. However, he rejected it as a misdeed committed by disbelievers, who probably never wanted the Kartarpur corridor to be reopened.
âWe have never used such wrapping materials to distribute the parshad. We have investigated the matter. Certain antisocial elements probably never wanted the Kartarpur corridor to be operational. In fact, the pinni-parshad is packaged and distributed in simple bags by the PSGPC, âhe said.
On the other hand, SGPC Chairman Harjinder Singh Dhami said this is a shocking development, if true. âWe will discuss the matter with the PSGPC and the Pakistani authorities. We will ask them to investigate and arrest the culprits, âDhami said.
Former Delhi Management Committee Chairman Sikh Gurdwara, now BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa, also took note of the information. He claimed that a pilgrim captured this “unforgivable sacrilege” on his cell phone after putting parashad on such a plate. âIt revealed the nefarious designs of the Pakistani authorities who are determined to suppress and insult minorities. It was shocking to see how cigarette wrapping material is used to make plates for parshad at such a pious Sikh shrine.
Earlier, attempts were made to defame the sanctity of the Kartarpur shrine by a Pakistani model, who clicked on a heinous photoshoot at the shrine complex, âhe said.
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