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Sikh ‘jatha’ from India to visit Pakistan on 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Ministry of External Affairs announced that a Sikh ‘jatha’ from India will visit ‘Janam Asthan Gurdwara Nankana Sahib’ in Pakistan from November 27 to December 1, on the occasion of the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Asked at an online briefing if the Kartarpur Corridor will be opened for Sikhs to travel to Pakistan on the occasion of the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Mr. Srivastava said this and related issues have been discussed in consultation with the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also stated that the visit will follow 1974 bilateral protocol on visit to religious shrines between India and Pakistan.

Every year, a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India and different parts of the world gather at the Gurdwara Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan’s Punjab province. This year, the 551st birth anniversary of the Sikhism founder will be marked on November 30.

“It has been decided that a Sikh Jatha from India will visit ‘Janam Asthan Gurdwara Nankana Sahib’ from November 27 to December 1 on the occasion of the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, all health-related protocols will be strictly followed and the size of the Jatha is likely to be reduced”, he said.

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