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Pakistan agrees to allow visits by more Sikh jathas

15Pakistan agrees to allow visits by more Sikh jathas

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  • B.S Goraya
    Aug 6, 2005
    Pakistan agrees to allow visits by more Sikh jathas
    Tribune News Service

    Wagah, August 5
    The Pakistan Government has agreed in principle to
    allow more jathas to visit Sikh shrines in that
    country.

    This was stated by Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, President,
    Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), who
    had returned from Pakistan here today. He said a palki
    (palanquin), made of gold, would be taken to Pakistan
    in a procession from Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi,
    in November to mark the birth anniversary of Guru
    Nanak. Mr Jagjit Singh Kochhar, from Dubai had also
    crossed over to India along with Mr Sarna.

    Mr Sarna said the sarovar (holy tank) of Gurdwara
    Janamsthan, Nankana Sahib, had been renovated after a
    gap of 58 years. The Government of Pakistan had
    allowed Kar Seva at the sarovar, for the first time
    after the Partition of the country. He said the holy
    water of five sarovars from different historical
    gurdwaras of India and Pakistan would be added to the
    renovated sarovar at the time of its inauguration.

    The kar seva of Gurdwara Chunna Mandi, birth place of
    Guru Ram Dass, founder of Amritsar, was near
    completion. He said the kar seva of more gurdwaras in
    Pakistan would be undertaken shortly .

    For the first time, the Pakistani High Commission had
    granted visa to Mahant Karamjit Singh and 61 other
    Seva Panthis to visit Pakistan. Another jatha of 52
    pilgrims would also leave for Pakistan on August 12.

    Mr Sarna and Mr Kochhar also visited the ‘samadh’ of
    Sain Mian Mir in Lahore. They said the relics
    belonging to the Gurus in the possession of the
    descendants of Sain Mian Mir were intact.

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