Amid Political Tension, 70 Hindu Pilgrims arrive in Pakistan to attend Sant Shada Ram Anniversary

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Lahore, November 23, 2016: More than 70 Hindu pilgrims from India reached Lahore to participate in 308th birth anniversary of Sant Shada Ram in the Sindh province.
On Tuesday, the officials of Evacuee Trust Property Board received the pilgrims at Wagah border.

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According to ETPB spokesman Amir Hashmi said, “Seventy-one Hindu pilgrims, including 17 women, arrived in Lahore on Tuesday to take part in festivities on the birth anniversary of Sant Shada Ram in Mirpur Khas.”

He further added that the ETPB, which takes care of the holy places of the minorities in Pakistan, ensured reliable security services for the Hindu pilgrims visiting.

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He further said that the board has arranged the visit of the pilgrims in seven cities of Sindh.
Hashmi further added that the Pakistan had issued visas to 84 Indian applicants.

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He said, “Of them, 13 did not come here due to reasons best known to them.”

One of the visiting members Bansi Lal said, “My father who had 2,000 acre land, left his village close to Mirpur Methaleo during partition. After 70 years, I am fortunate to get opportunity to visit our ancestral place. This visit has brought me immense joy and spiritual satisfaction.”

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The Hindu pilgrims will be returning to Lahore on December 2 and will be leaving for India the very next day.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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