Amritsar: The 717-member Sikh jatha returned after visiting Gurdwara Sahib in Pakistan on Saturday.
The Jatha led by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) executive member Gurmeet Singh Booh, left for Pakistan on April 12 to celebrate Baisakhi at Gurdwara Panja Sahib.
After celebrating the foundation day of the Khalsa Panth, at Panja Sahib the Jatha went to Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak, on April 15 and stayed there for two days. The next day, Jatha paid obeisance at Gurdwara Sacha Sauda and then visited Sikh shrines in Lahore. On April 19, they visited Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal.
On arriving at the Attari railway station after visiting Sikh shrines in Pakistan, Booh said: “Sikhs in Pakistan were protesting against the controversial movie, Nanak Shah Fakir, at Gurdwara Panja Sahib. To prevent any untoward incident, officials of the Indian consulate were not permitted to meet us.”
“But the next day, they met us at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib,” he said, adding: “The arrangements there were up to the mark. We are impressed by their hospitality”, quite reads in Hindustan Times.
According to the ministry of external affairs, the Indian high commissioner to Pakistan was asked to return from Gurdwara Panja Sahib for unspecified security reasons on April 14.