SIALKOT - More than 1,200 male and female Sikh Yatrees from UK, the US, Australia, Canada, India and other countries visited the Darbar Sahib Kartarpura Gurudawara near Shakargarh.

They participated in the celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak’s 549th birth anniversary. The Sikh pilgrims also distributed sweets and food.

Several Sikhs refreshed their per-partition sweet memories. They also exchanged gifts with the local people. Wearing colourful dresses, the Sikh pilgrims also performed their religious rites. The Sikh pilgrims led by Sardar Sohan Singh, highly hailed the Pakistan government’s sincere efforts for ensuring the religious freedom of minorities and safeguarding their sacred places.

They also thanked Pakistan for rendering the splendid hospitality to the visiting Sikh Yatrees (pilgrims) reached here from different countries.

Sikh leaders Sardar Sohan Singh, Sardar Manmohan Singh, Sardar Gurupareet Singh, Sardar Jaskaran Singh, Sardar Badal Singh, Preet Kaur, Naseeb Kaur and Sikh Paree Kaur said that Pakistan was peaceful country and the people of Pakistan were also peace-loving. They said that the Pakistanis have given marvelous love, affection, care and unforgettable hospitality to the visiting Sikh pilgrims.

They said that they felt it homelike while visiting Pakistan in a fully secured and love-filled atmosphere here in Pakistan. “We have brought love and will go back to our countries with the unforgettable love given them by the people of Pakistan,” they said.

They also wished durable peace and people-to-people relations between both Pakistan and India, stressing a need for early start of meaningful peace talks between the nuclear neighbours.

They added that the peoples of both Pakistan and India wanted durable peace as well between the two nations.