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Pak Sikhs For Original Nanakshahi Calendar

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Pak Sikhs for original Nanakshahi calendar
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 14

Sikhs of Pakistan have rejected the amended Nanakshahi calendar with the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) asserting that it will be observing all Gurpurbs in accordance with the original Nanakshahi calendar released in 2003 and adhered to by the Sikhs worldwide.

Meanwhile, Harnek Singh, a Sikh pilgrim in his seventies and hailing from Ghawaddi village in Ludhiana district, died after suffering cardiac arrest at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan. The PSGPC authorities extended all emergency facilities to the victim, but he failed to respond to the treatment.

There were more than 25,000 Sikhs putting up in Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Nankana Sahib and other parts of the country and they were represented by the 11-member PSGPC headed by Sham Singh, who has announced the decision to stick to the old Nanakshahi calendar.

The rejection of the amendments in the Nanakshahi calendar assumed significance as certain Sikh festivals and important days like the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are celebrated in PSGPC-managed Sikh shrines.

"We will be sticking to the old Nanakshahi calendar and there is no possibility of a change in our stance," said senior PSGPC member Ramesh Singh, while talking to The Tribune over the phone from Gurdwara Punja Sahib.

"The Sikhs in most of the countries, including the US, have already rejected the amendments in the calendar. The PSGPC had also taken a decision to reject the amended calendar at its executive body meeting held at Punja Sahib on March 30," said Dr Pritpal Singh, a senior office-bearer of the American Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. He is currently on a pilgrimage to Pakistan along with other Sikh pilgrims from the US.

"We will make no compromise on the issue unless it was discussed by a panel of Sikh scholars," said Ramesh Singh. Dr Pritpal Singh said arrangements were being made to send the body of Harnek Singh to India by the PSGPC and by the Pakistan Government.

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