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Sikh pilgrims not allowed to visit Pakistan by India

LAHORE: Indian authorities on Thursday stopped around 60 Sikh Yatrees at the Atari railway station in Amritsar, refusing them passes to board the Samjota Express coming to Pakistan.

The Samjota Express reached Lahore without the Yatrees on board. The Indian authorities said that the Yatrees could not be sent in the Samjota Express due to security reasons. The Indian authorities claimed that the Sikh Yatrees had been issued special visas and they were supposed to be transported to Lahore in a special train.

The  Yatrees, who were coming to Pakistan to observe the death anniversaries of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Jorr Mela) and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, staged a strong protest against the authorities and raised slogans, asking the authorities to allow them to go to Pakistan in any mode of transport.

Earlier, As many as 96 Sikh pilgrims have been issued visas to visit Pakistan to attend the Martyrdom Day functions of their spiritual leader Guru Arjan Dev, the country’s High Commission here said today.

Guru Arjan Dev ji, the fifth of the ten  Gurus, was the first martyr of the Sikh faith. He had compiled the first official edition of the Sikh scripture called the Adi Granth, which later expanded into the Guru Granth Sahib.

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