Fatehgarh Sahib: The assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, Jagtar Singh Hawara, who was appointed ‘Akal Takht Jathedar’ (head priest of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs) at last year’s ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ at Chaba village has asked ‘Panj Pyaras’ to lead the next ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ schedule to be organised at Talwandi Sabo on November 10, but Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann and other hardliners have refused to accept Hawara’s diktat.
The main organisers of last year’s ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ called by various radical outfits, including SAD (Amritsar) and the United Akali Dal have now refused to accept Hawara’s instructions.
Hawara, in his letter released through his council last week, had urged Satnam Singh Khandewala and other sacked Panj Pyare of Akal Takht to take steps for Panthic unity to ensure participation of all concerned sections of the Sikh panth in Sarbat Khalsa.
He had suggested that Panj Pyare lead the upcoming Panthic gathering under the patronage of acting Jathedars appointed during the November 10, 2015 Panthic gathering at Chaba village.
After Hawara’s letter was released before media persons in Chandigarh, SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann issued a press release and maintained that the contents of the letter could not be relied upon as it was not released through ‘proper channel’. He said there were doubts about the credibility of the news and media reports related to Jagtar Singh Hawara’s letter. Mann also maintained that somebody might be misusing the name of Jagtar Singh Hawara.
Mann also raised questions about Khandewala and other former Panj Pyare of Akal Takht saying that they had criticised the appointment of acting Jathedars on November 10, last year, during their visit to Dubai.
Mann maintained that the decision announced by Jagtar Singh Hawara’s latest letter published in the media was hard to digest. He maintained that the statements published in certain newspapers under the name of Hawara have cast shadows of doubt amongst the Sikh masses.
After the release of Hawara’s letter, Khandewala and other former Panj Pyare announced the formation of a seven-member committee to deliberate upon the agenda for the next Sarbat Khalsa. Meanwhile, a meeting of SAD (Amritsar), United Akali Dal and other hardliner organisations was held in which it was said that the letter issued by Hawara was not in line with Sikh values and principles.
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