AKAL TAKHT CHIEF TO LEAD FIRST JATHA
CHANDIGARH: Giani Harpreet Singh, the head priest of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, will lead the first batch of Indian pilgrims to Pakistan through the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday, it is reliably learnt.
Confirming this, Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted on Friday: “The NDA govt has honoured the sentiments of the Sikh sangat by declaring Sri Aka Takht Sahib Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh Ji as leader of the first Indian delegation visiting Pakistan through # Kartarpurc orridor on November 9. The decision is welcomed by #Sikhs worldwide.” The move to put Akal Takht chief at the head of the inaugural jatha is understood to has been taken by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government in which the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is a key ally. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh will be among the high-profile jatha.
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