LAHORE: A large number of Sikh yatrees reached Lahore via Wagha Border on Tuesday to attend the 550th birth celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Dr. Amir Ahmed along with Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee’s (PSGPC) Sardar Stwant Singh and other officials of the ETPB were present to welcome the Sikh yatrees at the Wagah border.
The Sikh yatrees will attend the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9 and attend the 550th birth celebrations of the founder of the religion Sikh (Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji) in Nankana Sahib during their 10 days long break in Pakistan.
Dr Ahmed said that the government has made infallible security arrangements for the Sikh yatrees, adding that all the facilities will be provided to them during the visit as per the vision of Imran Khan (Prime minister)
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee leader Grumeet Singh Bos told APP that the Sikhs were pleased to arrive in Pakistan, adding that the services rendered by the PM Imran to the Sikh community will definitely be written in golden words in the history of Pakistan. Party Leader of Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee Sardar Srojeet Singh Virk said, “We came to Pakistan with a message of love and brotherhood.
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The Sikh yatrees would take part in religious rites in Nankana Sahib during the next two days while they will travel to Kartarpur to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor. The Sikhs will return to Nankana Sahib and then participate in their religious rites on November 10, and November 11.
On November 12 — the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Ji — the Sikh yatrees would attend the central ceremony of ‘Nagar Kirtan’ and ‘Bhook Akhand Parth Sahib’ at Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib.The yatrees will depart for India on November 13 and 14 after performing religious rites.
Kartarpur is a corridor that is visa-free. Sikh pilgrims can come here after getting their passports and bio passports scanned, and also bio-metric confirmation with supposed payment of service charges 20 dollars per head only. The Sikh pilgrims will arrive in the morning and return in the evening.