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450 Sikh Pilgrims Arrive in Pakistan to Observe Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

A view of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (File photograph: PTI)

Some 450 Indian Sikhs arrived by way of Wagah Border from India to attend festivities in reference to the demise anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore

  • PTI Lahore
  • Last Updated:June 21, 2022, 23:45 IST
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A gaggle of 450 Sikh pilgrims on Tuesday arrived right here in Pakistan from India to watch the 183rd demise anniversary of the primary ruler of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), which takes care of the holy locations of minorities in Pakistan, and Pakistan Gurdwara Sikh Prabandhak Committee officers acquired them on the Wagah Border.

Some 450 Indian Sikhs arrived right here by way of Wagah Border from India to attend festivities in reference to the demise anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore. The major occasion will probably be held at Dera Sahib on June 29, ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi instructed PTI. He mentioned {that a} Langer (lunch) was served to all visiting Sikh pilgrims at Wagah earlier than their departure for Gurdwara Janamasthan Nankana Sahib, some 80 kms from Lahore.

During their keep, the pilgrims would additionally go to the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. Hashmi mentioned that the Pakistani authorities had issued visas to 500 Indian Sikhs. However, 450 turned up, he mentioned.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the founding father of the Sikh Empire, which dominated the northwest Indian subcontinent within the early half of the 19th century. The issuance of visas to Indian Sikhs is roofed beneath the framework of Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974.

Every yr, numerous Sikh pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to watch numerous spiritual festivals. The visas issued from New Delhi are along with the visas granted to Sikh pilgrims collaborating in these occasions from different nations.

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