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SGPC says Pakistan denies permission to jatha to visit on Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom day

Amritsar, June 4

A batch of Sikh pilgrims, often known as jatha, wouldn’t be capable of journey to Pakistan this yr to mark the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev because the neighbouring nation has not granted permission to it because of Covid-19 state of affairs, the SGPC mentioned on Friday.

Yearly, the jatha travels to Pakistan to mark the martyrdom day, or Shaheedi Diwas, of fifth Sikh grasp Guru Arjan Dev at Gurdwara Dehra Sahib in Lahore, which falls on June 14. This yr, the jatha was scheduled to depart for Pakistan on June 6.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur mentioned on Friday the Pakistan authorities has not given permission to jatha citing the Covid-19 pandemic.

“SGPC was absolutely ready to ship the jatha throughout the border to Pakistan. To this point, the Indian authorities has additionally not raised any sort of restriction on the jatha,” mentioned Bibi Jagir Kaur.

SGPC’s assistant secretary media Kulwinder Singh Ramdas mentioned, “The Yatra Division of SGPC talked telephonically to Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s (PSGPC’s) president Satwant Singh, who knowledgeable that because of the Covid-19 state of affairs, the jatha coming to Pakistan on the event of Shaheedi Diwas (martyrdom day) of the fifth Guru has not been given permission by the federal government.”

Kulwinder Singh mentioned that the jatha was scheduled to depart for Pakistan on June 6 to mark the martyrdom day on June 14.

“The pilgrims who had deposited their passports for going to Pakistan on the event of the martyrdom day of Sri Guru Arjan Dev can gather them again from the SGPC’s Yatra Division,” he mentioned. — PTI

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