Sikh pilgrims from across the world visited Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal on Thursday to perform rituals in connection with the 553 rd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh religion. Over 3,000 pilgrims including 2,409 pilgrims from India reached here to perform their religious rituals. Religious slogans including Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa and Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh echoed through the gurdwara that was decorated with colourful lights as pilgrims performed rituals including Matha Taki, Ashnan and the exchange of gifts.
A Sikh pilgrim from India- Sardar Gurmeet Singh said the pilgrims had come to Pakistan with the message of love, peace, friendship and harmony. “Pakistan is the land of Sikh Gurus and Sikhs love this land as this is our second homeland. We are always welcomed with love and it is a true example of Sikh-Muslim friendship,” he said.
Another Sikh pilgrim Sardar Balvinder Singh lauded steps taken by the Pakistani government for upkeep and restoration of gurdwaras, adding that the latest step of opening the corridor would further cement relations between Pakistan.