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Pilgrim visas to Nankana Sahib denied to 379 applicants by Pak authorities

November 15, 2013 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (November 15, 2013): It is learnt that a 774-member jatha led by Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) officials will leave for Pakistan on November 15 to take part in samagams to be held at Nankana Sahib to observe Parkash Gurpurb of Guru Nanak ji.

Sikh Yatris at Nankana Sahib (File Photo)

As per information the SGPC had submitted a list of 1,153 pilgrims to the Pakistan High Commission, seeking visas for them to attend Gurpurb celebrations. However, 379 pilgrims didn’t get the visa due to denial by the Pakistan High Commission as also objections by the Indian Government in some cases.

A SGPC official Jaspal Singh reportedly said that the jatha headed by SGPC member Randheer Singh Cheema will leave for Pakistan from the SGPC headquarters tomorrow morning and travel by a special train.

The jatha will first reach Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib from where it will proceed to Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. It will return to Nankana Sahib the same evening to celebrate Gurpurb on November 17. Later, the jatha members will head to Sri Panja Sahib on November 18. The jatha will also visit Gurdwara Dehra Sahib in Lahore, Gurdwara Rori Sahib and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib before returning to Punjab on November 24.

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