309th birth anniversary of Sant Shada Ram, Indian pilgrims arrive at Wagah border

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LAHORE: At least 104 pilgrims from India arrived through the Wagah border on Sunday to participate in the 309th birth anniversary of Sant Shada Ram in Mirpur Mathelo, Sindh.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) officials received the pilgrims at the border. The board arranged two bogies of a night coach which would transport the pilgrims to Sukkur from where they would be taken to Shadani Darbar in Hayat Pitafi.

ETPB Chairman Siddiqul Farooq, Additional Secretary Tariq Parvaiz Khan, Deputy Secretary Faraz Abbas and ETPB Spokesman Aamir Husain Hashimi were also present at the border to receive the pilgrims.

Mr Farooq told the media that they were hosting the pilgrims to promote peace between India and Pakistan. Special measures had been taken and the infrastructure of all religious places of minorities had been improved and the yatrees could feel the difference, he said, adding that all yatrees who wanted to visit their religious places in Pakistan would be facilitated.

Mr Farooq said the ETPB was organising the main ceremony for the birth anniversary of Guru Shada Ram in Sukkur and members of national and provincial assemblies and minority leaders would participate in it.

The pilgrims would be transported to Sukkur by train and later taken to Shadani Darbar by buses. ETPB and security officials would also accompany the yatrees.