400-strong Sikh jatha to visit Pakistan for Baisakhi

April 10th, 2009 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Amritsar, April 10 (IANS) Over 400 Sikhs and other pilgrims will cross over to Pakistan Saturday from the Attari-Wagah border check-post between India and Pakistan to participate in Baisakhi celebrations (April 13) there.
The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), which sends the jatha (group) has not officially sent it this time.

“The visas have been cleared by the Pakistan high commission. The pilgrims will be going at their own risk since security in Pakistan is a matter of concern,” SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said here Friday.

He said though the Pakistani authorities have assured them of security, the SGPC was not taking chances.

The SGPC had recently asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the security issue of visiting jathas with the Pakistani government.

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