Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB) Chairman Muhammad Siddiqul Farooq Tuesday said that over 3,000 Sikh Yatrees would arrive here on April 12 by special trains to celebrate Besakhi festival. He was talking to the media persons after a meeting to review arrangements regarding Besakhi festival and 319th “Khalisa Janum Din” here.
Deputy Secretary Shrines Imran Khan, representatives of sensitive departments, Pak Army, Police, Rangers, Wapda, Customs, Railways and other attended the meeting. The ETPB Chairman said that arrangements for the festival including accommodation, security and other facilities for Sikh Yatrees had been finalized by the Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB).
He said that Sikh Yatrees would come in Pakistan from all over the world including India, America, Britain, Australia and other countries. He said that work on sacred water “Amrat Jal” and regarding printing of Guru Garanth Sahib would start after the permission of the Supreme Council of Golden Temple.
Pakistan Railways will provide air conditioned bogies to yatrees, he said and added that generators would also be available in case of load-shedding while CCTV cameras and walk through gates had been installed. Central ceremony of Khalisa Janum Din and Besakhi will be held at Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabdal on April 14. Pardhan Sardar Tara Singh and other sikh leaders appreciated the arrangements by the ETPB Chairman—APP