Sikh Jatha Returns from Pakistan; Demands Clarity in Calendar Dates

AMRITSAR SAHIB—The  jatha visiting Pakistan returned to India via Samjhuata Express after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore. The Sikh sangat was allowed 15 day visas by the Pakistan Government to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

The sangat has appealed to the SGPC to make amends in the Nakashahi Calendar with the unanimous approval of all Sikh organizations to avoid any sort of confusion. The SGPC observed the martyrdom day on 12 June whereas the Pakistan Gurdwara Committee held programs on 16 June.  This proved to be quite a problematic situation for the devotees, who were initially issued 10 day visas.

On returning to  the Attari Railway Station , the Jatha leader Hardev Singh Gandhi said that the religious days should be observed according to a basic calendar made with the consent of learned people in India and abroad and the dates should not be changed at will. He has appealed to the SGPC to take immediate steps in the matter and remove all confusion.

He appreciated the welcome given to them by the Pakistani Gurdwara Committee on reaching the Gurdwara Sahib.


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