Sikh pilgrims perform rituals

Wah Cant—Over 150 Indian Sikh pilgrims flanked with hundreds of local Sikhs on Sunday offered their religious rituals in connection to Jore Mela festivities to commemorate the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Punja Sahib.
The Indian Sikh pilgrims reached here by a special train from Nankana last evening to take part in the festivities. The 156 pilgrims were welcomed by Evacuee Trust Property Board officials and office-bearers of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.
On Sunday pilgrims offered their religious rites including Matha Taek (bowing) and Ashnan (holy bath). Later, they also visit the shrine of Baba Wali Kandhari located on a hilltop.
According to Deputy Secretary General Shrines Syed Faraz Abbas, the cermonies, during which the Sikh pilgrims will perform their rituals such as recitation of their holy book, holy bath and Maatha Teki, would conclude on Monday morning. Talking to APP, he said more than 500 Sikh pilgrims, including 350 Pakistanis and 157 Indians, were taking part in the ceremonies.
He said that on the special directives of Chairman Auqaf, Siddiqul Farooq, all facilities including accommodation, mess, medical and other facilities, were being provided to the Sikh pilgrims free of cost. Chief Security Officer Muhammad Naeem told APP that on the occasion elaborate security arrangements have been made and for the purpose 870 police officials have been deployed headed by ASP Ambreen Ali. He said that 07 walk through gates and CCTV cameras have been installed.

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