LAHORE: Over 4,000 Sikh pilgrims are to arrive in the provincial capital by special trains through the Wagah Border today (Friday) to attend the 541st birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, the first guru of Sikhism, at his birthplace. The border is placed under tight security.
They will be greeted at the Wagah Railway Station by the President of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Sardar Sham Singh, and officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board. On Thursday, the Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Sadiqu ul Farooq, said proper security arrangements had been in place for the guests.
“Police officials and Jawans will be placed at each pilgrimage site to help the Sikhs wherever they travel during their 10-day stay in the country,” he said. The pilgrims will take part in the birthday celebrations falling on November 21 in Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, and the most revered pilgrimage site for them.
They will later visit Hassan Abdal, Sacha Sauda and Aimen Abad and other religious sites. The Pakistan Railways has also arranged special inter-city trains.
Following orders by rails Police Inspector General Munir Ahmad Chishti, special security arrangements have been made by the police whom Headquarters Deputy Inspector General Shariq Jamal Khan will supervise.
The security measures for the trains also call for more policing, with the divisional; superintendent of police, mixed-gender commandos and bomb disposal units already being placed on duty. Strict security instructions have been made at Wahga, Lahore, Nankana Sahib, and Hassan Abdal Railway Police.
The rails police in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sukkur and Multan have been told to keep a close liaison with their district counterpart, with a control room being set up at the Central Railway Police Office to monitor the visitors’ movement.
Source: Business Recorder