NANKANA SAHIB - Sikh yatrees hailing from India and inside Pakistan thanked the government especially the Evacuee Trust Property Board for making excellent arrangements to provide facilities to the pilgrims at Gurdwara Janamasthan here.

The Yatrees who talked to this scribe included party leader Sardar Dr Jhang Bahadur Singh, deputy leader Sardar Gulzar Singh Barar, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Secretary General Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora, Dr Suran Singh from Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Sardar Sahib Singh from Peshawar

They said that the Pakistani government and the ETPB always accorded warm welcome to them. They added that the culture, language, life style in both the Indian and Pakistani Punjabs are the same and they have been living in the same culture and environment for decades and want friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.

They said that Nankana Sahib is very important for the Sikhs as their religion’s founder was born here, adding that Nankana Sahib is the most sacred place in the world for the community. On the occasion, thousands of pilgrims including women, girls and children wearing colourful dresses and men with yellow turbans were seen reciting verses from the Guru Granth, the holy book of the Sikhs.

They said that the masses living in both the countries want peace and good relations for their betterment. They said that the Sikhs consider Pakistan as their second home due to presence of their many holy places. Thousands of pilgrims would participate in the Jaloos inside the Gurdwara Janamasthan.

Earlier, they visited Sacha Sauda (Farooqabad) and performed their religious rituals there like Matha Takki among tight security.

Deputy Secretary General Azhar Nazir Sulehri and Deputy Secretary Shrine Syed Faraz Abbas said that residential rooms had been provided to the Indian and other foreign Yatrees from Europe, UK, Canada, the USA, Thailand, Afghanistan and Dubai.