15Pakistan agrees to allow visits by more Sikh jathas
- B.S GorayaAug 6, 2005Pakistan 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
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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