Sikh Yatrees call for peace, free trade regime in region
ISLAMABAD: The Sikh pilgrims (yatrees) from across the world visiting Pakistan to celebrate Baisakhi Festival 2019 and Khalsa Anniversary have called on the regional stakeholders to give peace a chance and join hands for a free trade regime.
Talking to APP, Jarnail Singh from Canada said Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Iran should introduce free trade among their nations which would help overcome poverty, violence and extremism.
“The confrontation, violence and hatred should come to an end and let peace prevail for our future generations,” he added.
Jarnail Singh said the arrangements for accommodation, food and transport for Sikh Yatrees were up to the mark. It was heartening to see a warm welcome by the local people, embracing and taking selfies with them, he added.
Ravinder Kaur, wife of Jarnail Singh, said they were thankful to the Pakistani government for facilitating them. They performed their religious rituals without any fear.
Sukhdev Singh, a pilgrim from Hoshiarpur, said the arrangements made by the authorities for the Sikh yatrees to perform their religious obligations were appreciable. Such facilities were not available to them in India. They felt at home as the people of Pakistan were hospitable, he added.
“We feel that all of us are celebrating Baisakhi and Khalsa Janam Din in our own town,” he remarked.