LAHORE - Twenty one Hindu yatrees arrived here on Sunday through Wagha Border to attend the Shivaratri festival at Katas Raj Temples, district Chakwal. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqal Farooq, Additional Shrine Khalid Ali and other senior officers of the board received the Hindu yatrees here at Gurdwara Dera Sahib.  Talking to mediamen, the ETPB Chairman said that citizens of Pakistan and India should respect each others like good neighbours. He said that issues should not come between the relations and they must be resolved through dialogues.

e said that foreign secretaries of both countries should keep the doors open for dialogues. He said that leadership of both sides should extend hand of friendship instead of pursuing any external agenda.  

He said that Indian prime minister should respond positively of the steps taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for establishing peace on borders.

Speaking on the occasion, group leader Mahinder Paal said that maximum yatrees wanted to come in Pakistan from India. He said there was no restriction on visa for yatrees from Pakistan government. He said that love between Pakistan and India would further increase by playing more cricket matches.

After a one-day stay in Gurdwara Dera Sahib here, the pilgrims will leave for Shivaratri at Katas Raj Temples, district Chakwal on February 16 and perform their rituals.

ETPB Chairman Siddiqal Farooq will the chief guest in the central ceremony which will be held there on February 17.

They will return Lahore from Chakwal on February 18 and would visit ‘Krishna Mandir’ Ravi road and other religious places in Lahore and perform their rituals.

The Hindu pilgrims will return their homeland India through Wagha Border on February 21.

The government of Pakistan has made foolproof security arrangements for the yatrees.