Sikhs arrive in Lahore for Baisakhi festival

April 11th, 2009 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Lahore, April 11 (IANS) A large number of Sikhs arrived here Saturday to take part in the Baisakhi festival, Geo TV reported.
According to the report, the first special train carrying 290 Sikhs arrived at Wagah railway station Saturday morning.

Four such trains will bring about three thousand pilgrims from around the world, including India, to the Pakistani city to celebrate the Baisakhi festival Monday, which marks the end of the wheat harvesting season.

Keeping in view the recent terrorist attacks across the country, Pakistani authorities have taken strict security measures to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.

For the first time, paramilitary Pakistan Rangers have been deployed for the security arrangements.

More than 4,000 Sikhs from around the world had visited Lahore last year to participate the celebrations.

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