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2,000 Sikh pilgrims welcomed


Feb 2, 2007

LAHORE – Around 2,000 Sikh pilgrims (yatrees) on Saturday arrived at Wagha Railway Station from India through special trains to attend Baisakhi festival.

Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB) chairman Siddiqul Farooq, the board officials, Additional Secretary Shrine Khalid Ali, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Pardhan Sardar Shaam Singh and others welcomed the yatrees at the Wagha Border.

Talking to the journalist, the ETPB chairman said, on the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, arrangements including accommodation, medical, travelling and security, had been made effectively to facilitate pilgrims.

He said that VIP facilities would be provided to the yatrees during their stay in Pakistan. Group leader Dr Soarn Singh thanked the Pakistani government for making the best arrangements for yatrees. Soon after their arrival at Wagha Railway Station, the yatrees left for Punja Saab Hassanabdal.

The central ceremony of Baisakhi festival will be held there on April 14 and the Sikh yatrees will perform their rituals. Then they will visit Nankana Sahib on April 15 and the next day they will visit to Socha Soda. The pilgrims will visit Dera Sahib Lahore on April 18 and will return to India on April 20.

2,000 Sikh pilgrims welcomed

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