Amritsar, June 16
A gaggle of Sikh pilgrims, also referred to as ‘jatha’, has been denied permission by Pakistan to visit the nation to mark the death anniversary of Nineteenth-century Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh citing the Covid-19 pandemic, the SGPC stated on Wednesday.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) media assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas stated, “The Yatra Department of SGPC had a telephonic speak with Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s president Satwant Singh, who knowledgeable that due to the Covid-19 state of affairs, the jatha of Indian Sikh pilgrims going to Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh has not been given permission by the Pakistan authorities.”
He stated the ‘jatha’ was scheduled to depart for Pakistan on June 21 and was to return to India on June 30 after observing the death anniversary of the Sikh ruler on June 29.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the chief of the Sikh empire, which dominated the northwest Indian subcontinent within the early half of the Nineteenth century. — PTI