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Pak issues 2600 visas to Sikh pilgrims

Pak issues 2600 visas to Sikh pilgrims”

Sikhs will celebrate the 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on a large scale from October 31 to November 4.

Chairman Muhammad Siddiqul Farooq received the Sikh pilgrims warmly. Pardhan Sardar Tara Singh, Sardar Bishon Singh, Additional Secretary Shrines Tariq Khan Wazir, other board officials were also present.

The visas issued by the High Commission are in addition to the ones provided to the Sikh pilgrims from other countries who will be participating in the event.

After getting nod from the Union Government of India over 2200 Sikh pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan today amidst chanting of religious slogans Bole-e-So-Nihal Sat-Sri-Akal.

The birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, will commence from November 2. After that, the Sikh yatrees will leave for Punja Sahib Hassanabdal and perform their rituals. The yatrees will come back to Lahore on November 9. The Sikh devotees are set to return on November 11 before the expiry of their visa term. The celebrations last for more than a week during which sacred rituals are performed at the Gurdwara and candies and langar are offered, irrespective of religious orientation.



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