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AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—The shocking month that has passed in the Punjab has left the entire Sikh Nation losing faith in the SGPC, Akali Dal (B) and the appointed Jathedars of the five Takhts. Earlier today, the Panj Piaras of Sri Akal Takht Sahib issued summons to the five Takht Jathedars to present themselves in front of the Akal Takht at 10am, on October 23 to clarify their decision of pardoning Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and their lack of Panthik leadership.
Bhai Satinam Singh, Bhai Mangal Singh, Bhai Tarlok Singh, Bhai Satnam Singh and Bhai Major Singh conducted a Gurmatta in the lower floors of the Akal Takht Sahib and after deliberation, announced their decision in the presence of hundreds of devotees.
“Understanding the sentiments of the Sikhs, we summon Giani Gurbachan Singh (Jathedar, Sri Akal Takht Sahib), Giani Iqbal Singh (Jathedar, Takht Sri Patna Sahib), Giani Gurmukh Singh (Takht Sri Damdama Sahib), Giani Mall Singh (Jathedar, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib) and Giani Ram Singh (Sri Darbar Sahib Granthi) on October 23.”
Bhai Satinam Singh, speaking for the five beloved ones, iterated that they have to take action after seeing how distraught the Sikh Panth has been with the decisions and leadership that has been taking place over the last few weeks.
“When issuing the pardon for Gurmeet Ram Rahim, takht jathedars should have first considered the matter with Panthik jathedars. Their decision led to sorrow for the entire Panth,” he added on behalf of the Punjab.
Punj Piare – Highest Authority in the Panth
Commenting on the validity of their gurmatta, the Akal Takht Sahib Punj Piare stated that rregardless of anyone’s status or post within the Panth, everyone can be questioned by the Punj Piare. “Punj piare have been given authority by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, historically, there are references to the Punj Piare even issuing hukams to Guru Sahib,” they added.
The confirmed that the has been taking in accordance to Gurmat and Sikh traditions.
Makkar Irked by Punj Piare Gurmatta
Despite having no authority or control over the working of the Punj Piare at the Akal Takht Sahib, SGPC President Avtar Makkar (member, Akali Dal Badal), has suspending all five, along with two secretaries of Sri Akal Takht Sahib and 4 other employees who were involved in the Gurmatta.