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Baisakhi festival concludes at Pak's Gurdwara Panja Sahib; over 2K Indian Sikh pilgrims participate

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

The three-day annual festival -- which was participated by thousands of from across the world, including over 2,000 from -- concluded at Sahib in city of Pakistan's province on Sunday.

is celebrated to mark the beginning of a new harvest season. Under the framework of the Pakistan-Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, every year, large number of Sikh pilgrims from visit to observe various religious and occasions.

A total of 2,206 Sikh pilgrims arrived at from India on Friday to attend the festival at the Sahib, even as tensions between the two neighbours remain at fever pitch.

Special security arrangements were made for the pilgrims to ensure law and order.

The Sahib at Hasan Abdal, which is about 35 km from Islamabad, has a handprint of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, on a boulder of the shrine.

Addressing the pilgrims, Prime Minister's on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, who was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony titled Bhog Akhand Paath Sahib', said the government led by believed in providing equal rights to all minorities, and cited the example of the country's decision to open the Kartarpur corridor.

India and have agreed to open up a special border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder - to in India's district.

The corridor will facilitate the of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 22:15 IST
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