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First Sikh jatha crosses to Pak, 10k likely to attend Corridor opening

First Sikh jatha left for Pakistan on Tuesday on a nine-day tour to celebrate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Around 2000 Sikhs were part of the first Jatha.

Written by Kamaldeep Singh Brar | Amritsar |
November 6, 2019 11:00:07 am
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First Sikh jatha left for Pakistan on Tuesday on a nine-day tour to celebrate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Around 2000 Sikhs were part of the first Jatha and the second jatha will go on Wednesday.

Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee is expecting 4500 Sikhs in two days to arrive at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak.

The devotees crossed over to Pakistan via Attari-Wagha border on foot and then reached Nankana Sahib by train.

“We are expecting that around 4500 Sikhs will come in two days,” said Satwant Singh, president of Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Committee.

There has been change in routine schedule of jatha on this occasion due to Kartarpur corridor opening ceremony.

Satwant Singh said, “We are planning to take around 2500 Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib for opening ceremony of the Corridor. We expect a gathering of 10,000 at the Corridor ceremony. It will be on the will of devotees if they want to attend ceremony or want to stay back at Nankana Sahib. This year the visit to other gurdwaras in Pakistan has been cut short due to two reasons. First, due to Kartarpur Corridor opening and second because we have planned special programmes at Nankana Sahib for the 550 birth anniversary functions and hence pilgrims will be attending these functions. So this time there would be no time to visit other gurdwaras.”

He added, “Sikhs from the Britain, Canada and other parts of the world have also come. We have made efforts that no Sikh should face difficulty in getting visa to come to Pakistan and attend anniversary function.”

“The main function will be held at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and it is possible that the jatha that would come from India via corridor for first time will also attend it,” said Satwant Singh.

Former PM Manmohan Singh and Punjab CM Captain Amrinder Singh will lead the first Jatha via corridor on November 9 as PM Narendra Modi will also inaugurate the Corridor on India side on same day.

SAD mobilising crowd

Shiromani Akali Dal Badal leader Bikram Singh Majithia held a meeting of party workers to mobilise the crowd for the Kartarpur Corridor opening ceremony to be attended by the Prime Minister.

Majithia has been holding several such meetings every day to mobalise crowd.

“Today, I participated in a meeting which was attended by a large number of leaders and workers. There is tremendous zeal among party workers for ceremonies dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Also, there is considerable excitement about the inauguration of the Corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji on November 9. Everyone assured me that they will work with dedication and honestly,” said Majithia.

He also accused the CM of issuing “provocative statements” related to Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.
“Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh has hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community…He should seek apology from the community,” said Majithia.

Sidhu’s posters

On Tuesday, posters came up in Amritsar that gave credit for opening of Kartarpur Corridor former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

However, these posters were installed without permission of any concerned authority and were removed by Municipal Corporation, Amritsar.

A local leader, Harpal Singh Verka, who is close to Navjot Singh Sidhu, was behind these posters.
They read, “We declare it openly that two heroes who open corridor are Navjot Singh Sidhu and Imran Khan.”

Digital Museum

The digital museum showcasing the life of Guru Nanak Dev opened for the public at Industrial Training Centre (ITI) in Batala on Tuesday. Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Batala Balwinder Singh inaugurated the digital museum.

The museum will remain open for the public from 7 am to 5.30 pm till Thursday, while two light and sound shows — 6.15 pm to 7 pm and 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm — would be organised on November 6 and 7. On the first day, over 1000 people visited the digital museum.

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