PAK SIKHS REFUSED EXIT/ENTRY VIA KARTARPUR
Earlier it was given out that the Jatha of Pakistan Sikhs will arrive via Kartarpur/Dera Baba Nanak side. Now Manjit Singh Calcutta has informed that Pakistan has said it was not possible. However facts need to be verified from Pakistan side.
500 Pak Sikhs to visit Khadoor Sahib
Permission to ‘symbolic yatra’ unlikely
Tribune News Service
Khadoor Sahib, April 8
A jatha of 500 Pakistani Sikhs is likely to participate in the ‘Khalsa Chetna March’ to be taken out to mark the 500th birth centenary celebrations of Guru Angad Dev. The march will culminate here on April 16. The SGPC would make all necessary arrangements for their board and lodging in its newly built Serai at Amritsar.
The Pakistan Government has, however, shown reluctance in allowing the symbolic ‘Khalsa Chetna March’ which was to commence from Gurdwara Kartarpur on April 14 .
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta , secretary SGPC, today had a telephonic conversation with Mr Izhar-ul-Hassan, Additional Secretary, Pakistan Evacuee Property Trust Board (PEPTB), which looks after the affairs of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. Mr Hassan told him that it would be difficult to make arrangements for such a procession due to certain unavoidable reasons .
However, Mr Calcutta asked Mr Hassan that government of Pakistan must accept this genuine demand as Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) was less than three kilometers from Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur district in India) .
Earlier, the Indian Government had taken up the matter with Pakistan on the request of SGPC for making arrangements for the ‘symbolic procession’. The procession is proposed to reach Batala via Gurdwara Achal Sahib and Chowk Mehta on April 15 and it would reach Khadoor Sahib on April 16 . According to Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, the second ‘Khalsa Chetna March’ would commence from Serai Naga (Matte Ki Serai) in Muktsar district on April 15 and would pass through different historical towns of the state before reaching Khadoor Sahib on April 16 .
A jatha of 5,000 Sikh youths under the patronage of Gurmat Gyan Missionary College, Ludhiana, would reach this historical town on April 11 on two wheelers for taking the pledge not to consume liquor or drugs. According to Dr Raghbir Singh Bains , in charge multimedia centre, this unique march would be led by Mr Inderjit Singh Rana of Ludhiana.
Baba Sewa Singh told TNS that lakhs of devotees from all over the world were expected to visit Khadoor Sahib, which was sanctified with the visit of eight Sikh gurus. He said all arrangements had been made to cope with the great rush of devotees.