2.5k Indian Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan for Baisakhi celebration
According to the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), a total of 2,470 Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan from India via the Wagah border to celebrate Baisakhi. The pilgrimage was led by Sardar Amarjit Singh from the Parbandhak Committee Shiromani Gurdwara.
Sikh pilgrims from India arrived in Pakistan via the Wagah border to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi. (Representative Image)
On Sunday, a significant number of nearly 2,500 Sikh pilgrims crossed the Wagah border from India to Pakistan to take part in the joyous ‘Vaisakhi Mela’ celebrations. According to the spokesperson of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), Amir Hashmi, these pilgrims were led by Sardar Amarjit Singh from the Parbandhak Committee Shiromani Gurdwara. The pilgrims had come to celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi.
At the Wagah border, the pilgrims were warmly received by ETPB Chairman Habibur Rehman Gilani and Pradhan Sardar Ameer Singh of the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Bandhak Committee. The ETPB, which is responsible for managing and maintaining the holy places of religious minorities in Pakistan, ensured a smooth arrival for the pilgrims.
Under strict security measures, the Sikh pilgrims were safely escorted to Nankana Sahib, where they would take part in religious rituals at the revered birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak.
According to Hashmi, the main event is scheduled for April 14 at Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hasan Abdal, and it will be attended by political, religious, and Sikh leaders from various places. Additionally, He informed that the pilgrims would be visiting Farooqabad, Kartarpur, Rohri Sahib, and Aminabad as part of their itinerary before their departure back to India on April 18.
Gilani assured that all necessary arrangements, including security, medical, and travel arrangements, have been made in the best possible way for the Sikh pilgrims. Amarjit Singh Bhalipur, a leader from the SGPC, expressed his happiness on behalf of the Sikh pilgrims.
He also emphasized the need for easier visa processes for pilgrims from both sides.