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India stops Sikh pilgrims from entering Pakistan for Jor Mela

June 14, 2019
India stops Sikh pilgrims from entering Pakistan for Jor Mela

In this file photo, Indian Sikh pilgrims pose on a train bound for Pakistan at the railway station at Attari, some 35kms from Amritsar, on November 21, 2018, as they prepare to leave for Lahore to mark the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. (AFP)

The Indian government barred 146 Sikh pilgrims from reaching Pakistan to attend the death anniversary of their religious leader Guru Arjan Dev Jee (Jor Mela) on Friday.

Pakistani officials were waiting for the Sikh pilgrims at the Wagah railway station when they were informed that the train wasn’t allowed to enter Pakistan.

No one should be stopped from performing their religious rituals, Tara Singh, a Sikh Gurudwara leader, said. “It is inappropriate to bar people from practicing their religion because of politics,” he added.

Other Sikh leaders also condemned India for stopping the special train carrying Sikh pilgrims.

“Our brothers who are sitting there… Sikhs across the world and Pakistani Sikhs should record their protest,” Pakistani Sikh leader Bishan Singh told SAMAA TV.

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