To take part in the celebrations of the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Nankana Sahib, to the birthplace of the founder of the Sikh faith, 600 Sikhs arrived in Lahore from India through the Waga border. The ceremony will be held on November 30 at Gurdwara Janamasthan Nankana Sahib in Punjab province.
Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) spokesperson Asif Hashmi said that a total of 602 Indian Sikhs came here through the Wagah border to take part in the 551st birth anniversary celebration of Guru Nanak in Nakana Sahib.
During this 10 day visit, the yatrees will visit other gurdwaras in the province. As per the instruction of ETPB Chairman Dr. Aamer Ahmed, we are giving foolproof security arrangements to visiting yatrees. Additional Secretary of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Tariq Wazie, Former Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (PSGPC) President Bishan Singh and PSDG General Secretary Ameer Singh and President Satwant Singh welcomed the Sikh pilgrims at the Wagah Border.
Indian High Commission members, Santosh Kumar and B Sohran arrived at Wagah border from Islamabad to address the pilgrims. The representative of the Punjab Health department checked all pilgrims for any signs of the COVID and also checked their negative Coronavirus test reports which they brought with them, Hashmi said.
After all the immigration and custom formalities, the pilgrims left for Gurudwara Janamsthan Nankana Sahib by buses. Every anniversary celebration of Guru Nanak Dev, more than 2,000 Sikhs come to Pakistan. But due to this pandemic, the number is reduced by ETPB and PSGPC.