April 15, 2010 3:44:28 am
Pak SGPC rejects amendments in Nanakshahi Calendar
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) on Wednesday rejected the recent amendments in the Nanakshahi calendar by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Akal Takht. The announcement was made before at least 10,000 Sikhs at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara near Lahore in Pakistan,who had gathered to celebrate Baisakhi. American Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee head Dr Pritpal Singh told The Indian Express from Pakistan that they had already rejected the changes made and PSGPC also followed. There had been strong resentments against the SGPC for bringing changes in the calendar adopted by majority of the Sikhs since 2003. Now,PSGPC chief Sham Singh has also rejected the amendments and they will continue to observe the gurpurabs according to the older calendar, he said.
Earlier,Sikh from the US,UK,European countries,India and Pakistan came together at Nankana Sahib,the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev to celebrate Baisakhi. Various issues confronting the Sikh community in Pakistan including their safety in the North West Frontier Province areas were also discussed, said Dr Priptal.
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