……….Sree Nankana Sahibji…………………………………….Sree Dera Sahibji
India warns against Sikh Hindu pilgrimage to Pakistan as very unsafe to travel
NEW DELHI (AFP) – India on Tuesday advised its citizens to avoid an annual Sikh pilgrimage to Pakistan, citing deteriorating security in the neighbouring country.
“The government of India is of the view that it is not advisable for Indian pilgrims to visit Pakistan in the prevailing situation when frequent terrorist attacks are taking place in Punjab province,” the home ministry said.
“The government advises all Indian citizens to avoid undertaking any visit to Pakistan for this purpose, till the security situation in Pakistan improves,” it said in a statement.
Some 4,000 devotees are scheduled to attend the death anniversary of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev on Monday in Lahore, the Press Trust of India said, quoting event organisers.
Generally Sikhs are visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan on the occasion of birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November every year.
India tells Sikhs not to visit Pakistan
Sikh pilgrims wave from inside the Samjhauta Express, a train that runs between India and Pakistan, at a train station in Amritsar, India.—AP (File Photo)
NEW DELHI: It is that time of the year when India’s foreign ministry has put out health and logistical advisories to Indian pilgrims headed for different corners of the world for peace and atonement. But the Sikhs have been told to stay put.According to the United News of India on Tuesday, the country’s home ministry has advised Sikh pilgrims to avoid visiting Pakistan altogether because of the security situation prevailing there.
The ministry said its advice was based on the fact that attacks were taking place in the Punjab province, where most gurdwaras are located. Pakistan has a number of pilgrimages especially for Sikhs.
Other than this, there is already a general advisory in place from the Indian foreign ministry asking Indians not to visit Pakistan. But that advice, which came in the aftermath of the attack on Mumbai, does not seem to have deterred anybody, much less peace activists, from travelling to Lahore among other cities.
The Indian foreign ministry’s website has issued less restrictive warnings to Hindu and other pilgrims. Its warning to Hindu pilgrims concerns the Mansarovar lake in Tibet, which is located near a mountain believed to be abode of Lord Shiva. Oxygen is as scant there as the medical facilities.
It is a fact that China also puts impediments to the Hindu Pilgrimages in Manas Sarovar which is occupied by China under the accession of Tibet into China. …………Sree Kartarpur Sahibji >>