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Pak bars non-Sikhs at gurdwara for 3 days

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Published on January 06, 2020 with No Comments

 

The historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, will be closed for local non-Sikh visitors for three days from Friday in connection with the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh. The Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan’s Punjab province connects Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab in India.

“The Pakistan government has decided to close Kartarpur Sahib for three days from January 3 to 5 for non-Sikh visitors to exclusively hold a Sikh event — celebration of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh at the Kartarpur Complex Narowal,” Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP) spokesperson Amir Hashmi said.

Hashmi said the government decided to close the Kartarpur Sahib for non-Sikh Pakistanis to let the Sikhs of Pakistan and India celebrate their Guru’s birthday together at the historic Kartarpur complex.

“The main event of the Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary will be held at Kartarpur on January 5. In addition to 2,000 Pakistani Sikhs, officials of the ETPB and PSGPC will also participate in it,” the official said, adding that strict security measures had been taken to avert any untoward incident.

The official said on Saturday and Sunday, more than 20,000 non-Sikh pilgrims visited the Kartarpur complex, which is 120 km from Lahore. 

 

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