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Lahore: More than 2,000 Sikh pilgrims are expected to come from India through Wagah border on the eve of Baisakhi in Pakistan next week.

Sources told reporters that Pakistan Customs has assured the authorities of its full cooperation to facilitate the passengers. Sources said that an important meeting was held to discuss all issues regarding their arrival and departure at Wagah border.

A total of 3,800 Sikh yatris will visit Pakistan to celebrate the Baisakhi festival in April, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq said on Wednesday.

“The main ceremony will be held at Gurdwara Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal on April 14…We hope that the Sikh yatris take back good memories from our country,” he said.

The Pakistan Customs officials, Punjab Rangers, Evacuee Trust Punjab, Police and WAPDA representatives participated in the meeting and discussed their issues and ways of cooperation for providing with a good gesture to guests coming for their Besakhi rituals in Lahore, Hassan Abdal and Nankana Sahib.

Sources said that more than 20,000 Sikh pilgrims are expected to participate this year in Baisakhi. Pakistan has issued two thousand visas to Indian Sikhs seven hundred visas for Sikh community of America, Canada, Britain and other European countries.

(The article was first published in customstoday.com.pk)

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First Sikh Football Cup to Mark 550th Prakash Purb of Guru Nanak Sahib

He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries

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Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as 'keshadhari' (unshorn hair and beard) players. Pixabay

To promote the Punjabi Sikh identity globally, non-profit organisation Khalsa Football Club in association with the Global Sikh Sports Federation is organising first Sikh Football Cup, 2019 in Punjab, an organiser said on Sunday.

Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules.

“Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as ‘keshadhari’ (unshorn hair and beard) players,” club president Harjeet Singh Grewal told IANS.

He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries.

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Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules. Pixabay

The club, affiliated with the Punjab Football Association, would act as launching pad for promising players to enter contracts with top ranked Indian as well as European football clubs, he said.

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Also, the unique ‘keshadhari’ event would help promoting Punjabi culture and Sikh identity worldwide and weaning away the youth from drug abuse. (IANS)