Sikh community celebrates birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak

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Lahore (Web Desk) More than 3,000 Sikh Yatrees arrived in Lahore via special trains on Wednesday to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji from November 21-30.
Officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) including Chairman Tahir Ehsan, Secretary Board Muhammad Tariq Wazir, Pardhan Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) Sardar Tara Singh and other Pakistani Sikh leaders received the pilgrims at the Wagah Border railways station who will be in the country for 10 days.
Speaking to the media, ETPB Chairman Ehsan said, “The government has made foolproof security arrangements for the Sikh Yatrees so that many more could visit Pakistan.”
He added, “They will be provided with free meals, conveyance and medication.”
Party leader, Sardar Amarjeet Singh said, “We get a lot of respect in Pakistan.”
He added, “The opening of the Kirtarpur Border for Guri Nanak’s 5550th birth anniversary is a gift to the Sikh community by the governments on both sides.”
“Over 10,000 Sikh Yatrees will visit Pakistan on the occasion,” he added.
The main ceremony will be held on November 23rd at Nankana Sahib which will be followed by a visit to Hasanabdal on the 24th, Lahore on 26th then Rohri on the 28th. The pilgrims will return to India on November 30th.
Earlier, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal welcomed Sikh pilgrims as they arrived in Pakistan to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
“On Eidmiladunnabi Pakistan also welcomes Sikh pilgrims from all over the world, (only our mission in New Delhi has issued more than 3500 visas) for the 549 birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak in Nankana Sahib from November 21-30 2018,” he tweeted.

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