Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee

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Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee
ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ ਸਿੱਖ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕ ਕਮੇਟੀ or پاکستان کونسل برائے نظم و نسقِ مذہبی مقاماتِ خالصہ
Gurdwara Dera Sahib Panjvin Patshahi.jpg
Gurdwara Dera Sahib Panjvin Patshahi, PSGPC Headquarters
AbbreviationPSGPC
Formation11 April 1999
FounderEvacuee Trust Property Board
TypeConstitutional Body
Legal statusActive
PurposeManagement of Sikh Gurdwaras in Pakistan
HeadquartersGurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Region served
Pakistan
Membership
10000
Official language
Punjabi
President
Satwant Singh
Key people
Satwant Singh (President)[1]
AffiliationsEvacuee Trust Property Board
Websitepsgpc.com.pk
Formerly called
Evacuee Trust Property Board

The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (or PSGPC) (Urdu: پاکستان کونسل برائے نظم و نسقِ مذہبی مقاماتِ خالصہ‎) is a Sikh religious organisation in Pakistan.[2][3] PSGPC was formed by the Government of Pakistan and is entrusted with the maintenance of Sikh religious institutions, places of worships in Pakistan.[4]

History[edit]

Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) was created in 1920s by struggle of Sikhs. After 1947 partition of Punjab, all religious properties of Sikhs came under Evacuee Trust Property Board.[5] On 11 April 1999, Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee was constituted under the ETPB chairmanship of ex-DG, ISI Lt. Gen. (Retd) Javed Nasir.[6][7]

Location[edit]

Its main organisation is based in Lahore in the province of Punjab with Gurdwara Dera Sahib its headquarter.[8]

Powers[edit]

The PSGPC is opposed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), which regards itself as the sole guardian of Sikh institutions and religion worldwide. The right to sole guardian is given to SGPC every 4 years in a fair elections in which Sikhs from around the world participate. Unlike SGPC in India, PSGPC is not an Independent fully Sikh-owned body and is controlled by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of Pakistan.[9][10] Thirteen members are appointed by Government of Pakistan, and these then members elect the president and the secretary-general.[11][12]

Functions[edit]

This organisation is entrusted with the maintenance of Sikh religious institutions, places of worships (gurdwara) and the well-being of the Pakistani Sikh community.[13] It works to bring back sacred relics belonging to Sikhism at Gurudwaras.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan to attend Guru Nanak's birth anniversary celebrations". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ PTI (1 April 2016). "Pakistan Sikh body elects caretaker president". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ Service, Tribune News (20 April 2016). "Pak Sikhs leaving abroad must inform PSGPC". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  4. ^ Rana, Yudhvir. "PSGPC starts packing 'pinni prasad' for pilgrims". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  5. ^ Rana, Yudhvir. "Pakistan Sikh cop moves court over ETPB bid to sell gurdwara land". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  6. ^ "SGPC to send jathas to Pak". The Tribune. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  7. ^ N, TN. "PM's intervention sought to dissolve PGPC". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Who We Are". PSGPC. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  9. ^ Rana, Yudhvir (23 May 2014). "Calendar: Makkar returns without any assurance from PSGPC". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  10. ^ Rana, Yudhvir (3 July 2015). "DSGMC calls upon Pak Sikhs to initiate movement to bring Gurdwara's out of control of ET PB". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Pak Sikh body elects new president, secretary-general". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  12. ^ Rana, Yudhvir. "Sham Singh re-elected Pakistan gurdwara body chief". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) - Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB)". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  14. ^ Rana, Yudhvir. "PSGPC to bring Guru Nanak's 'chakki' back to gurdwara". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2019.

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