Lahore, April 14
Over 800 Indian Sikhs, whose journey to Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan to attend the Baisakhi competition was affected as a result of street blockades imposed by the supporters of a radical Islamist celebration, finally reached their vacation spot in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
The Indian pilgrims had reached Lahore by way of the Wagah border on Monday to attend the competition.
But their journey was affected by the street blockade by supporters of Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) demanding the expulsion of the French envoy over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France.
On Tuesday afternoon, the visiting Indian Sikhs left for Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassanabdal in 25 buses which had been escorted by the police and the Rangers.
“Owing to the TLP protest that blocked roads, the Sikh yatrees reached Hassanabdal at 4 am on Wednesday after over 14 hours of journey which in any other case is roofed in three hours,” an official of the Punjab authorities informed PTI.
They attended the primary occasion on Wednesday in which a number of native Sikhs additionally participated.
The Indian Sikhs are scheduled to go to different holy locations in the Punjab province of Pakistan throughout their 10-day keep in the nation.
The TLP, which bagged 2.5 million votes in the 2018 normal elections, blocked the roads throughout the nation following the arrest of Saad Rizvi, son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi who died a number of months in the past. — PTI