Sikh devotees cross over to Pakistan
Hundreds of Sikh devotees cross over to Pakistan
Amritsar, Punjab: Nearly 140 Sikh devotees today went to Pakistan through Samjhauta Express train here today to pay obeisance at historic Sikh Gurdwara (Sikh shrine) Nankana Sahib in Lahore in Pakistan. Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is the birth place of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev. Group of Sikh pilgrims was led by Shriomani Gurdawra Parbandhak (SGPC) Committee Member Chintan Singh.
In a release issued, SGPC said that it was first time that group of Sikh devotees went to Pakistan in the month of February to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib with the special permission of Ministry of Home Affairs of both nations.
Official said that earlier Sikh devotees went to Pakistan four times in a year, now they would go five times with the fresh permission granted by the Government of both nations.
Throwing light about the occasion whereupon Sikh pilgrims went to Pakistan official said that in the year of 1921 nearly 150 Sikhs were martyred during the scuffle with unscrupulous elements who were keeping illegal possession over the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
During their stay in Pakistan pilgrims would pay obeisance at numerous Sikh shrines located in different province of Pakistan. They would return to India through Samjhauta on February 23.