Sikh pil­grims per­form rit­u­als

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

WAH CANT—Over 150 In­dian Sikh pil­grims flanked with hun­dreds of lo­cal Sikhs on Sun­day of­fered their re­li­gious rit­u­als in con­nec­tion to Jore Mela fes­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate the mar­tyr­dom day of Guru Ar­jan Dev Ji in Punja Sahib.

The In­dian Sikh pil­grims reached here by a spe­cial train from Nankana last evening to take part in the fes­tiv­i­ties. The 156 pil­grims were wel­comed by Evac­uee Trust Prop­erty Board of­fi­cials and of­fice-bear­ers of Pak­istan Sikh Gur­d­wara Pra­band­hak Com­mit­tee.

On Sun­day pil­grims of­fered their re­li­gious rites in­clud­ing Matha Taek (bow­ing) and Ash­nan (holy bath). Later, they also visit the shrine of Baba Wali Kand­hari lo­cated on a hill­top.

Ac­cord­ing to Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Shrines Syed Faraz Ab­bas, the cer­monies, dur­ing which the Sikh pil­grims will per­form their rit­u­als such as recita­tion of their holy book, holy bath and Maatha Teki, would con­clude on Mon­day morn­ing. Talk­ing to APP, he said more than 500 Sikh pil­grims, in­clud­ing 350 Pak­ista­nis and 157 Indians, were tak­ing part in the cer­e­monies.

He said that on the spe­cial di­rec­tives of Chair­man Auqaf, Sid­diqul Fa­rooq, all fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, mess, med­i­cal and other fa­cil­i­ties, were be­ing pro­vided to the Sikh pil­grims free of cost. Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer Muham­mad Naeem told APP that on the oc­ca­sion elab­o­rate se­cu­rity ar­range­ments have been made and for the pur­pose 870 po­lice of­fi­cials have been de­ployed headed by ASP Am­breen Ali. He said that 07 walk through gates and CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled.

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