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Pakistan Welcomes Sikh Pilgrims

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Indian Sikh pilgrims wave as they arrive at the Wagah railway station in Lahore, eastern Pakistan, April 12, 2016. About 460 Indian Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan for Baisakhi's celebrations, the Sikh New Year, at the Sikh Shrine of Gurudwara Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.

Over 2,000 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived at Wagha railway station on Tuesday by special trains to attend the festivals ‘Khalsa Janam Din’ and the Besakhi festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassanabad, media reported.

Indian Sikh pilgrims wave as they arrive at the Wagah railway station in Lahore, eastern Pakistan, April 12, 2016. About 460 Indian Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan for Baisakhi's celebrations, the Sikh New Year, at the Sikh Shrine of Gurudwara Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Indian Sikh pilgrims wave as they arrive at the Wagah railway station in Lahore, eastern Pakistan, April 12, 2016. About 460 Indian Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan for Baisakhi’s celebrations, the Sikh New Year, at the Sikh Shrine of Gurudwara Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.

The pilgrims were warmly welcomed by Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB) Chairman Muhammad Siddiqul Farooq, Additional Secretary Shrines Khalid Ali, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) Acting Pardhan Sardar Tara Singh and board officials among others.

Soon after their arrival at Wagha railway station, the pilgrims left for Punja Sahib Hasanabadal. They will stay there for three days (April 12 to 14). The central ceremony of the Besakhi festival will be held on April 14 where Sikh pilgrims will perform their rituals.

They will visit Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahab on April 14, and Sucha Sauda on the next day on April 15, Farooqabad to perform their rituals. The pilgrims will visit Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore on April 18 and Kartarpur Narowal on April 19 and will come back to Lahore on the same day.

The pilgrims will return to India on April 21.

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