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2,100 Indian Sikhs arrive in Pakistan to attend Baisakhi festival

LAHORE: More than 2,100 Indian Sikhs arrived here on Tuesday to take part in Baisakhi Festival at Gurdwara Hasan Abdal in Rawalpindi district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

“More than 2,100 Sikh Yatrees arrived here today via Wagah Border on three special trains,” Evacuee Trust Property Board spokesman Amir Hashmi said.

He said special measures have been adopted to provide security to them.
“The Rangers and Elite Force have been engaged to provide security to the Sikh pilgrims,” he said.
In the wake of bombing at a Lahore park which left 75 people dead, the government has taken “extra-ordinary” security measures for the visiting Sikhs.

Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandik Committee caretaker president Tara Singh and ETPB chairman Siddiqul Farooq received the yatress at the Wagah border.

The yatrees were presented with langar (food) at the railway station.
Soon after the arrival, the Indian Sikhs left for Hasanabdal to participate in 10-day Besakhi festivities starting tomorrow.

The main event will be held on April 14. The Indian Sikhs would also visit Gurdwara Janamesthan Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Sacha Soda in Farooqabad, Gurdawara Kartarpur Narowal and Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore.