2,500 Indians attend Nanak anniversary in Pak

Islamabad: The birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, concluded with the `Bhog` ritual at Gurduwara Panja Sahib near the Pakistani capital today. The ceremony at the gurudwara in Hassanabdal was attended by thousands of Sikh `yatris` or pilgrims, including over 2,500 from India. They recited passages from their sacred book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and performed other rituals.

Sikh pilgrims told the media that they were fully satisfied with arrangements at the gurudwara. They said they had been provided a secure environment, for which they were thankful to the government. The gurudwaras in Pakistan had been renovated by the government and the Evacuee Trust Property Board, they said. They added that the people of Pakistan had given them a warm welcome. Foolproof security arrangements were put in place for the celebrations and over 1,000 policemen were deployed to guard the `yatris`, officials said.