Pakistan rejects Indian ‘propaganda’ over Sikh corridor

Pakistan on Thursday rejected India's claim that Islamabad plans to transfer the management of Kartarpur border crossing for Sikh pilgrims to a state-run non-Sikh body.

"Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and fallacious propaganda by the Indian government against the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor," said a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, New Delhi said it has seen reports that Islamabad is transferring the management of the corridor, opened in November last year to facilitate the Indian Sikhs, to Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

“This unilateral decision by Pakistan is highly condemnable and runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large,” a statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs said, calling on Islamabad to “reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh community (of) its right to manage the affairs of the holy Gurdawara Kartarpur Sahib.”

Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC), which is currently holding the corridor's management itself has rejected the Indian claim, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry statement said.

The “malicious” propaganda, it added, by the Indian government is simply an attempt to malign the “Peace Corridor” initiative by “casting mischievous aspersions against the interests of the Sikh commun