Pakistan government denies permission due to COVID-19
Amritsar, June 16:
The jatha (batch) of Sikh pilgrims which go every year to Gurdwara Sri Dehra Sahib, Lahore to observe the death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, will not be able to visit Pakistan this year.
The jatha has been denied permission by the Pakistan government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disclosing this here on Wednesday, SGPC's media assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas said, “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 going to Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh has not been given permission by the Pakistan government.”
Kulwinder Singh said that the jatha was 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.
He said that the pilgrims who had submitted their passports to the SGPC office for going to Pakistan to observe Maharaja Ranjit Singh's death anniversary can collect their documents from the Yatra Department of SGPC.
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