ETPB making preparations for Baisakhi Festival

* Chairman says 4,000 pilgrims had visited Pakistan last year

* Visitors play role of goodwill ambassadors for Pakistan

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HERE COMES THE SPRING, HARVEST AND THE CELEBRATIONS!

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by Afnan Khan

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The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and all the concerned authorities are set to host the Baisakhi festival with around 8,000 foreign guests, mostly Sikh pilgrims from all over the world. The celebrations will start from first week of April.

The number of foreign guests, mostly from India, will be double this year on orders of board Chairman, Mr. Asif Hashmi, who recently chaired a meeting of high-ups of police and other departments to supervise the preparations for the event.

Hashmi said that such events were essential to promote a soft image of the country across the globe. ETPB has increased the number of pilgrims due to requests by members of the Sikh community.

He further said that the visitors not only appreciated the efforts of Pakistan government for facilitating such a huge event but also played the role of goodwill ambassadors of Pakistan in different parts of the world.

The ETBP chairman informed that around 4,000 pilgrims had visited Pakistan during the last Baisakhi and visitors, mostly from India, US, Canada and Europe, were very happy with the decision of the board. Strict security measures had been taken to ensure foolproof security for the foreign guests, said Hashmi.

He added that the board would provide visitors with the facilities of boarding and lodging along with security and medical treatment in case any of them falls sick during the days-long celebrations.

Thousands of Sikh pilgrims visit Pakistan every year on different events, including Baisakhi, Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary and religious rituals associated with other Sikh gurus and personalities. Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore, a number of temples in Nankana Sahib and Hassan Abdal are primary sites of visit for the Sikh pilgrims from all around the world.

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  1. ohh its nyc…. hope every thing go smooth … !!

    • It will Insha Allah! The Baisakhi Festival as we all know augurs the coming of Spring. The celebrations at Punja Sahib in Hassan Abdal are not only symbolic of the religious festivities by Sikhs from all around the world but its also the time when the villages in the plain lands of our Punjab start resonating with the sounds of ‘Faslañ di mukk gyi raakhi, O Jatta aiee wisakhi, aiee wisakhi’.

      A smooth going on of this festival is a test of our nation as well in how do we celebrate this with other peoples who likewise share a feeling of merriment with us at the advent of the month of Spring.


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