LAHORE  - Pakistan Railways is running four special trains to facilitate Sikh Yatress on 546th birth anniversary of first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikhsism, Baba Guru Nanak.

The celebrations will be attended by thousands of Sikhs within the country and abroad who have started reaching Nankana Sahib.

On the occasion, around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims are expected to reach in Pakistan from India via Wahga boarder. The Railways has arranged also special trains for them with foolproof security arrangements by the Pakistan Railways Police (PRP). The pilgrims will visit Gurdwara Sacha Soda, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib, Kartarpur, Gurdwara Aimanabad and Nankana Sahib and perform their religious rituals. They will take out a procession from their central Gurdwara Janam Asthan to Satia Karanti along with their holy scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, placed in a decorated vehicle.

On the directives of PRP IG Munir Ahmad Chishti, special security arrangements have been made by the Railways Police. Maximum staff under the supervision of DSP has been deployed with each Sikh special train. Commandos and lady commandos have been deployed with each train,” said PRP spokesperson. It was stated that strict security instructions have been made at Wahga Lahore, Nankana Sahib and Hassan Abdal by the Railways Police.

Bomb disposal staff has been directed to search the all trains and at platform including empty rack by remaining present at all railway stations. A control room has been established at Central Railway Police Office to monitor the movement of Sikh special trains. PRP IG directed all staff to behave decently and with high moral with the Sikh guests.

As per the Railways, first train will depart from Larkana on Saturday at 10pm for Nankana Sahib via Rohri and Khanewal. The second train will leave from Hyderabad on Sunday at 11am and reach Nankana on November 3 at 7am via Nawab Shah and Rohri. The third and forth train will leave from Jacobabad and Mirpurkhas respectively for Nankana Sahib on November 2.