Lahore: Paramilitary Pakistan Rangers
have been deployed to protect about 300 Indian Sikhs who will
participate in the Jore Mela at Gurdwara Dera Sahib in this
eastern Pakistani city.
The Indian Sikhs, who arrived in Pakistan over the
past few days, have travelled to Gurdawa Punja Sahib at
Hasanabdal near Rawalpindi.
They will reach Lahore on Monday to take part in the
"Keeping in view the law and order situation, we
have deployed Pakistan Rangers and police for the security of
the visiting yatris," Syed Asif Hashmi, chairman of the
Evacuee Trust Property Board that organises such pilgrimages,
told a news agency.
After the recent attack on the minority Ahmedi
community in Lahore that left 95 people dead, the government
has beefed up security at all places of worship of minority
"We have not only taken measures for the security of
Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from abroad but also enhanced security
for locals," Hashmi said.
No leniency could be afforded in this matter, he
The head of the Indian delegation, Sardar Raghubir
Singh, told reporters that misunderstandings could crop up
between India and Pakistan but they could be resolved through
He said both governments should take all possible
steps to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer as this
is the only way to resolve problems.
Singh appreciated the steps taken by the ETPB for
the upkeep of gurdwaras in Pakistan. He also asked it to
provide land and residences at Gurdwara Dera Sahib.
The Indian Sikhs will return home on June 17.