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Over 2,200 Sikhs from India arrive in Pakistan to celebrate Baisakhi

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Over 2,200 Sikh pilgrims from arrived here on Friday to celebrate festival at Sahib in district.

The pilgrims, who arrived at Wagah railway station by two special trains, were received by of the (ETPB) and Parbandhak Committee

The ETPB looks after the holy places of the minority community in the country.

Sahib has a handprint of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, on a boulder of the shrine.

"A total 2,206 Sikh pilgrims have arrived here from on two special trains. After immigration they left for Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hasan Abdal(in Rawalpindi)," ETPB told

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, a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit to observe various religious and occasions.

He said special security arrangements have been made for them and elite force and rangers are deployed along with them for their security.

Hasmi said the pilgrims will also visit other gurdwaras in province, including Gurdawa Janamasthan Nankana Sahib, during their 10-day stay here.

They will leave for India on April 21, he added.

Talking to reporters, of the Indian delegation expressed the hope that the government will issue visas to a large number of Indian Sikh pilgrims on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of

"We are anxiously awaiting that occasion and hope the government will issue maximum number of visas to the pilgrims," he said, stressing that people-to-people contact between the two countries would help in improving ties between the neighbours.

India and have announced opening the Kartarpur Corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 18:50 IST