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Pakistan accuses India of preventing Sikh pilgrims for attending Jor Mela

Out of the 80 pilgrims, only 14 have arrived so far, with 66 of them held back, citing a technical reason

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Sikh pilgrims wave from a train as they leave for Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to celebrate the 547th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, at the Attari Railway Station. (Photo: PTI)
Sikh pilgrims wave from a train as they leave for Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to celebrate the 547th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, at the Attari Railway Station. (Photo: PTI)

has alleged that has prevented some Sikh pilgrims from travelling to the country for the annual 'Jor Mela' as only 14 devotees have arrived so far.

The High Commission in had issued visas to 80 Sikh pilgrims but 66 of them couldn't reach Lahore as "stopped them at Attari Railway Station citing a technical reason," Pakistani authorities said.

"The train left for Attari on Thursday to bring 80 Sikhs for Jor Mela but when it reached there its staff was told by Indian authorities that the Sikh pilgrims couldn't board it as their visa only allow them to go to on a special train," said Amir Hashmi, spokesman Evacuee Property Board, which looks after the minority holy places in

Hashmi told PTI that the was willing to send a special train to to ferry the pilgrims but the Indian authorities didn't allow.

"Fourteen of the total 80 pilgrims had a visa allowing them to enter by road. They crossed Wagah Border by foot where the ETPB officials received them," Hashmi said.

'Jor Mela' is observed to mark the death anniversary of fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev. The 10-day festival, which is also called Shaheedi Jor Mela, will be held at Panja Sahib and Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore.

The 14 pilgrims were taken to Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hasan Abdal.

The Sikh pilgrims will return to through the Wagah border on June 17, according to a report in Radio

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 14:21 IST
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