Sikh Jatha to Celebrate Baisakhi in Pakistan
More than 400 Sikhs and other pilgrims only will cross over to Pakistan on Saturday from the Attari-Wagah border check-post between India and Pakistan to participate in Baisakhi celebrations (April 13) there.
Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), which sends the jathas (group) has not officially, sending this time because of exploitive situation in Pakistan. “The pilgrims will be going at their own risk since security in Pakistan is a matter of concern,” said SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar. However, SGPC had recently requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the security issue of visiting jathas with the Pakistani government. The visas have been cleared by the Pakistan high commission. Though the Pakistani authorities have assured them of tight security measure including deploying of paramilitary forces including its elite group, he said that SGPC was not taking risk or chance.