Today, thousands of Sikh pilgrims are celebrating 547th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion in Nankana Sahib. Pilgrims from United Kingdoms, Canada, Unites States, Malaysia and India enthusiastically came to visit the birthplace of Guru Nanak.
The religious leaders asked the community to remain united and not to leave the tradition of kindness and humbleness in their dealings with others.
Apart from paying tribute to their spiritual leaders on this particularly religious occasion, many Sikh representatives spoke on the political and social issues being faced by the Sikh community around the globe and specifically in India. Many people from old and young generations attentively listened to them inside the Gurdwaras.
Sikh leaders benefited from the occasions and used the platform to convey the common problems of Sikhs to an entire community. They also highlighted the anti- India sentiments and urge for the making of Khalistan. Near the sleeping camps of pilgrims, banners highlighting the events of 1984 riots were used to remind the attendants about the massacre of Sikh community in India.
At this occasion where members of the Pakistan’s Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee stressed upon Pakistani authorities to build more Gurdwaras for the Sikh community, they also emphasised on the human rights violations and discriminations against the Sikhs.
Many participants also condemned the use of this religious platforms for raising and discussing political matters, as they deemed it an attack on the sanctity of this sacred spiritual place.
The yatrees also opined that leader who invoke outrageous sentiments in people never become the victim and leave the masses vulnerable to consequences.
Sikh Yatrees started coming into Pakistan from last week, a delegation of Sikhs also visited Peshawar museum and a shrine known as Gurdwara Jugan Shah, located in Shahi Muhallah of Peshawar.Visitors also seemed much impressed by the historical building of the museum and remnants of Buddhism placed in it.