LAHORE - Pakistani officials welcomed more than 1,200 Sikh Yatrees at Wahga Joint Check Post on Saturday who arrived here from India through special trains. The Yatrees during their ten-days stay in Pakistan will attend the 310th Besakhi Festival and perform their other religious rituals at Lahore, Kirtarpur, Punja Sahib (Hassan Abdal), Nankana Sahib and Aimanabad. Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committees members Sardar Sham Singh, Sardar Soarn Singh and other were among the people who welcomed the pilgrims at Wahga Railway Station. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the visiting Yatrees during their stay in Pakistan. A large number of railway policemen were deployed around the station premises. Rangers officials checked all the officials and private visitors with walk through gates and metal detectors and no irrelevant person was allowed to enter the station premises. Rangers also checked the premises through helicopter on the occasion. Boards chairman while talking to the reporters at Wahga said that for the security of the Yatrees the Pakistan government has made enough arrangements besides ensuring their boarding, messing, medical and travel facilities. It merits mentioning here that Pakistan government will provide free transport facility to the Yatrees to have an easy access to the worship places. Special lodging arrangements in Nankana Sahib for their accommodation have also been made, he said, adding that after getting positive response from the Indian government, Pakistan would open a visa office at Amratsar to facilitate the intending Sikh Yatrees. Expressing their views with media men, the Yatree group leaders Parmindar Singh Chuwal and Sohan Singh Gill have showed their satisfaction over the arrangements made by the Pakistan government to facilitate the Sikh Yatrees. Journalist's father passes away Muhammad Saleem, father of senior journalist Awais Saleem, died on Saturday. He was 67 and was suffering from kidney cancer. His Namaz-e-Janaza will be offered at his native town Village 165-P Sadiqabad, district Rahim Yar Khan at 9 am today (Sunday). The journalist community and people from different walks of life have expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise and prayed to Almighty Allah to keep the departed soul in peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude.