1100 Sikh yatrees arrive Pakistan to take part in annual Besakhi mela

By Kaswar Klasra, Gaea News Network
Sunday, April 11, 2010

LAHORE: As the Pakistani government allowed Sikh pilgrims to enter Pakistan, first special train carrying 1100 Sikh pilgrims from India reached Wagah Border, from where they were escorted to Lahore.

According to sources, incumbent government had instructed its High Commission in India Pakistan. A large number of Sikh pilgrims come to Pakistan every year to visit their holly places here. According to sources, the pilgrims will visit their sacred places situated in Nankhana Sahib, Sacha Soda, Aimanabad and Hasanabdal during the 10-day long stay.

The Besakhi celebrations will kickstart on April 12 and will conclude on April 14 at Hasan Abdal.

According to sources, five thousand Sikh pilgrims are due to arrive at the Wagah border by the Samjhauta Express to visit their sacred shrines in Pakistan on the occasion of Baisakhi. The festivities at the historic Panja Sahib Gurdwara, starting Monday, would carry on until Wednesday. Evacuee Board chairman Syed Asif Hashmi has ordered all necessary medical, travel, lodging and security arrangements for the pilgrims.

A contingent of Rangers would accompany the pilgrims for their security, concerned authorities said.

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