Taxila: The government canceled the Baisakhi festival held on April 14 this month, in which 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India and 2,000 other pilgrims from other parts of the world come to Pakistan to attend.
Imran Gondal, deputy secretary of the ETPB shrines, said that he jointly canceled the celebration of the Baisakhi festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib after talks with the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC).
The Baisakhi is considered to be a sacred festival of Sikhs, also known as the Spring Festival and according to the belief, Sikhs start their New Year with this festival.
Imran Gondal said that the Ministry of Religious Affairs has already been informed of the decision to cancel the festival of Baisakhi, while they are in contact with the Foreign Ministry regarding the matter, which was reported to the Pakistani High Commission in India. Will not issue visas for crutches to Sikh pilgrims this year.
According to Imran Gondal, he has been working closely with the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Committee and other stakeholders, including various government agencies, in the context of the recent situation and is trying to get the federal government to make public health. According to the guidelines issued, the safety of Sikh pilgrims should be ensured and we do not want to take any risk regarding the health of the pilgrims during the spread of the Coronavirus.
In response to a question, he said that in November 2019, Pakistan had given Sikh organizations the green signal of issuing visas to the three thousand Sikh pilgrims in India, as well as the government of 2,000 foreigners from other countries. Indicates temporary visas to attend the fair.
The Evacuee Trust Property Board also shared the schedule with the Indian government regarding pilgrims coming to Pakistan, which provided visitors with complete information regarding the details and security of all these temples and gurdwaras. ۔
In this regard, Sardar Ameer Singh, general secretary of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, said that the decision was made in the context of public health.
He says the decision to cancel the Baisakhi festival was not easy, as Sikhs from all over the world have a religious, cultural affection and emotional attachment to the festival.
At the same time, he said that this time the festival of Baisakhi festival will be held in Gurdwara Panja Sahib.
According to Amir Singh, he has also issued a video message for Sikh pilgrims from abroad including Pakistan, explaining that this year, because of the Coronavirus, the festive festival will not be held.
He also said that Sikhs, the high-ranking throne of India, have already announced that this year the coroner virus will limit the celebration of cruelty around the world.
Generally, thousands of Sikh pilgrims come to Gurdwara Panjhir every year to attend the festival of Baisakhi. In 2019 alone, 15,000 Sikh pilgrims visited Gurdwara Hasan Abdal.