280 Sikh pilgrims from India arrive in Lahore

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LAHORE: At least 280 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived at the Wagah Railway Station via a special train on Thursday to observe the death anniversary of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjeet Singh.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Secretary Muhammad Tariq Khan, Deputy Secretary Imran Gondal, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) former pradhan [leader] Sardar Bishon Singh and other board officials received them at the railway station.

Speaking on the occasion, Tariq Khan said the board had completed all arrangements, including those of security, accommodation, journey and medical for the Sikh pilgrims and added that a team of expert doctors would remain with the pilgrims to provide them with best medical facilities in any cases of emergency.

After their arrival, the Sikh pilgrims left for Punja Sahib, Hassanabdal where they would stay for three days and perform their religious rituals. The pilgrims will then visit Nankana Sahib on June 23 where they will stay for another three days. After that, they will leave for Sucha Sauda, Farooqabad and will finally visit Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore on June 26.

During their stay in Lahore, the pilgrims will visit Gurdwara Rohri Sahib, Aimanabad and Darbar Sahib Kirtarpur, Narowal.

The main ceremony of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s anniversary will be held at Gurdwara Dera Sahib on June 29 in which both Pakistani and Indian Sikhs will participate.

The pilgrims will return to India on June 30.