448 Sikh pilgrims cross over to Pakistan
AMRITSAR: Nearly 448 Sikh pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan here today through special train from international Attari railway station to observe 177th death anniversary of Sikh emperor Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
According to Shiromani Gurdwara Pharbandhak Committee (SGPC), the moment train reached at Lahore railway station , Pakistan authorities including members of Pakistan Aukaf Board as well as by Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Pharbandhak Committee (PSGPC) members welcomed Indian guests by showering rose petals.
As per SGPC, Sikh devotes after reaching Lahore railway station will move to Gurdwara Nankana Sahib through train, afterwards they would travel to other Gurdwaras located at different province of Pakistan.
After paying obeisance at various Sikh shrines, Sikh delegation would come to Gurdwara Dera Sahib at Lahore on 29th June to observe the death anniversary and would come back to India on 30th.
However it may be mentioned here that an ancient Fort was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh during his life time is adjoining to Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore Pakistan.
Fort belonging to Maharaja Ranjit Singh also housing rare articles including traditional Sikh weapons guns, swords, daggers and war-uniforms of Sher-e-Punjab.
According to SGPC, the Sikh delegation led by SGPC member Mr. Gurmeet Singh Booh who is scheduled to hold talk with the Pakistan authorities including Aukaf Board PSGPC to re-settle the dates of Sikh religion occasions to be observed in Pakistan as per separate Sikh Nanak Shahi Calendar. Mr. Booh will also take up the matter of security of minority Sikh community living at different province of Pakistan, besides maintenance of all gurdwaras in Pakistan.
SGPC official said Mr.booh wil also take up the matter with regard to liberal visa to Sikh pilgrimages who can visit Pakistan frequently.