Amritsar: Pakistan has denied permission to a group of Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Sri Dehra Sahib in Lahore to observe the death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The ‘jatha’ has been denied permission by the Pakistan government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). The group of pilgrims visits Lahore every year to mark the occasion.
“The Yatra Department of SGPC had a telephonic talk with Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s (PSGPC’s) president Satwant Singh, who informed that due to the COVID-19 situation, the ‘jatha’ of Indian Sikh pilgrims who was going to Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh has not been given permission by the Pakistan government,” said the statement signed by SGPC’s media assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas.
Singh informed that the Sikh pilgrims were scheduled to leave for Pakistan on June 21 and return to India on June 30, after observing the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on June 29.
The SGPC has asked the pilgrims, who had submitted their passports to its office for going to Pakistan to collect their documents from its Yatra Department.
(With inputs from ANI)