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1,700 Indian Sikhs arrive in Pak to celebrate Baisakhi

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Around 1,700 Sikh pilgrims from today arrived in to celebrate festival at Sahib in district.

The Sikhs, who arrived at Wagah railway station by special trains, were greeted by (ETPB) Tariq Khan, Parbandhik Committee and other officials.

"Some 1,700 Sikhs arrived here by special trains to attend festivities and Mela at Sahib in Hasan Abdal in (some 250 km from Lahore), said Amir Hashmi, a of ETPB that looks after the holy places of minorities in the country.

He said the main event will be held on April 14 in which a large number of local Sikh and Hindus will also participate.

During their 10-day stay, the Indian pilgrims will also visit their other holy places including Gurudwara Janamesthan Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib in

They will leave for on April 21.

A visiting Sikh leader said the yatrees always receive love from the people of

He said there should be peace and more people-to-people contact between the two countries. He also urged both governments for provision of hassle-free visa.

ETPB said fool-proof security arrangements have been made for the Sikh pilgrims.

"Rangers and elite force police personnel are deployed for the Sikh pilgrims' security, he said, adding that all other arrangements including accommodation, medical services, trained doctors, currency exchange and have been made.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 18:40 IST