India has taken up with Pakistan the issue of damage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara, one of Sikhism’s holiest shrines, government sources said on Sunday. Parts of the shrine were damaged in a storm over the weekend and several domes built atop the outer perimeter walls of the complex collapsed.
India has conveyed to Pakistan that the damage has caused “great consternation” among the Sikh community, they said. “India has urged Pakistan that in deference to the sentiments of the Sikh community, the deficiencies which led to the damage to the newly constructed structures be urgently rectified and remedied,” a source told The Indian Express.
At least eight domes of the newly renovated Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib fell apart due to a thunderstorm, according to news agency PTI.
Photos of the collapsed domes and other damage to the shrine due to the inclement weather went viral on social media over the weekend.
A Pakistani official told PTI: “The domes were made of fiber that is why they were dislodged by strong winds.”
However, the Pakistan government has claimed that it has repaired “the damage caused by winds and rains at Kartarpur Sahib within hours.”
In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesperson later said in Islamabad the domes were repaired within 24 hours of the damage.
The spokesperson also said the Indian side had raised the issue of damaged domes with Pakistan through a Note Verbale, but the “domes had already been repaired before the Indian Note Verbal was received.”
With PTI inputs