LAHORE: Sikh pilgrims have started coming to Pakistan through the Wagah border to participate in the celebrations of 551st birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of 10 Sikh Gurus.
A spokesperson for the Evacuee trust Property Board (ETPB) told Pakistan Today that a group of 602 members of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) led by Amarjeet Sindh arrived in Pakistan through Wagah border on Friday.
The spokesperson added that Additional Secretary Shrines Tariq Wazir Khan, members of the SGPC and other board officials received the pilgrims upon arrival.
Staff member of Indian High Commission, R B Sohran, and Santosh Kumar also reached Wagah border from Islamabad for welcoming the pilgrims.
The Sikh pilgrims also brought a Palki for Guru Garanth Sahib from India, which they will place in the Gurdwara.
Speaking to Pakistan Today, the additional secretary said that as per the directions of the ETPB chairman, transports has been specifically disinfected for the convenience of the pilgrims.
The official expressed satisfaction at the security and accommodation arrangements for the pilgrims. He said that Gurudwaras have been beautifully decorated by the board administration and the main event of Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, which will be held on November 30, will be attended by political, religious and minority leaders, after which the visiting pilgrims will return to India on December 1.
When asked about the implementation of coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs), Khan said that the representatives of the provincial health department screened all passengers for Covid-19 symptoms and checked the test reports they were carrying. “We will fully implement Covid-19 SOPs,” he added.