- It is an attempt to protest against the refusal of India to allow the Jathas from visiting Pakistan for commemorating Gurpurbs
- The silence of SGPC regarding this issue might have caused the severe concern, PSGPC stated
Amritsar, July 09, 2017: Some Sikh groups have raised anti-India slogans under the protection of the committee of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak along with the Evacuee Trust Property Board. It is an attempt to protest against the refusal of India to allow the Jathas from visiting Pakistan for commemorating Gurpurbs.
Tara Singh, the chief of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, stated that the area of the protest is restricted only 1000 meters from the zero-line. Hence, it was decided that it could be conducted at the Press Club of Lahore, mentioned The Tribune report.
300 pilgrims including some elderly women were on their way to commemorate the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, on 28th June. They were leaving in a special train and in spite of possessing visas, the passengers were stuck at the Attari railway station.
The president of the Bhai Mardana Society, Harpal Singh Bullar, was reported as claiming that the visas of 240 passengers were procured and the train was ready to reach the area of Pakistan but did not get the clearance to reach Attari.
The representatives of PSGPC kept waiting for the pilgrims with Langar on their side, while the Sikh passengers faced humiliation and harassment due to the downpour at the Attari railway station, The Tribune has reported.
The silence of SGPC regarding this issue might have caused the severe concern, PSGPC stated. Tara Singh was quoted as saying that he appeals to the SGPC to take a stand against the government.