549th birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak commenced


LAHORE: The 549th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith started from Thursday in Nankana Sahib.
According to an Evacuee Trust Property Board official, special security arrangements including accommodation and others have been ensured for over 3,000 Sikh pilgrims during their stay in Pakistan.
He said that CCTV cameras, walk-through gates and other facilities would be provided to the pilgrims. A tent village has already been set up for the yatrees and high power generators would be made available as back-up in case of load-shedding. The renovation of Gurdawara Nankana Sahib was already took place.
It merits mentioning here that about 20,000 to 30,000 Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan and other countries participate in the birth celebration of Baba Guru Nanak every year.
Meanwhile, around 3,000 Sikh yatrees from India arrive here at Wagha Railway Station, through a special train on November 2, for the celebrations.
Meanwhile, Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRAN) Abdul Qadar Baloch on Friday informed the Senate that about 19,936 Sikhs and Hindus Yatrees from Indian have tripped Pakistan to visit their sacred places during last five years.
Responding to a question during the questions hour, he said that no agreement has been signed with India where by Pakistani Sikhs and Hindus will visit-India to witness sacred places.