November 25, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Wagah: As per reports over 50 Hindu yatris, including women, arrived reached Paksitan to attend the religious festivities in Sindh province. “[a]s many as 51 Hindu pilgrims arrived here via Wagah border where the officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) received them,” ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi reportedly said.
Hashmi said the pilgrims also include women and they left for Sindh province on special buses in high security to take part in their religious festivities.
“The pilgrims will visit temples in Mirpur Mathelo, Sukker and Ghotki during their 10 days stay in Pakistan,” he said.
“Talking to the media at Wagah, the group leader of the visiting Hindus, Yudeshtar Lal, said they have brought a message of peace and love and stressed for enhancing people-to-people contact. He appreciated the Pakistan government’s decision to open some of the centuries old temples in the country”, reads a report in India Today.
“Last month, the Pakistani government handed over centuries-old historical Shawala Teja Singh Temple in eastern city of Sialkot to the Pakistan Hindu Council for worship after the completion of its renovation”, notes a report published in The Times of India (ToI).
The news reported by news agency PTI notes: “In July, Pakistan opened the temple in Sialkot, some 100-kms from Lahore, for worship for the first time after the partition on the demand of the local Hindu community. The temple, located in city’s congested Dhaarowal locality, is more than 1,000 years old, according to the book ‘History of Sialkot’ by the late Rashid Niaz”.
It is learnt that as per an agreement between India and Pakistan Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan four times a years.