Hindu Yatrees arrive in Pakistan for religious gathering
LAHORE : A group of 104 Hindu yatrees (pilgrims) arrived in Lahore through Wagah border on Sunday to participate in a ceremony to mark the 309th birth anniversary of Guru Saant Shadharam at Shadhani Darbar in Hayat Pitafi, Mirpur Mathelo, Sindh.
The pilgrims will stay in Pakistan for 10 days.
Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) officials received them at the Wagah crossing.
Speaking to reporters, ETPB Chairman Siddiqul Farooq said the people of Pakistan and India wanted cordial ties between the two neighbouring countries.
Issues hindering warm relations between the two countries must be addressed through talks at the earliest, he demanded.
Special security and transport arrangements have been made to facilitate the pilgrims.
Yogester Lal, the head of the delegation, said the yatrees were delighted to be in Pakistan, adding that they were representing 10 Indian states.
“We have brought a message of peace, love and harmony from India,” he said.
Indians have good sentiments for Pakistanis, he said and added that they never faced any problem in the country due to the government’s efforts.
“We wanted both governments to make arrangements to ensure ease for the people of both countries,” said Yogester.
The pilgrims will also visit other sacred places including Sadhu Mandar in Sukkur, Ghotki, Kanpur in Sindh to perform religious rituals.
They will return to India on November 30.