NAROWAL: Tears rolled down the cheeks of the Sikh pilgrims as they expressed their feelings on seeing work on Kartarpur Corridor Project.

A congregation of Sikhs from all over the world including India performed the rituals at the resting place of Baba Guru Nanak at Kirtarpur, Shakargarh. The pilgrims celebrated Baisakhi festival in traditional style and paid homage to the founding leader.

“Pakistan is a peace-loving country where all religions have complete freedom. The Sikh community will defend every inch of this sacred land in difficult times,” said a visitor who spoke to media after performing rituals.

Sardar Guruchin and Sardar Rishi Singh said, “We are feeling elated over Pakistan’s decision to construct Kartarpur corridor and work is going on to complete the project.”

The Indian Sikh pilgrims also thanked the Pakistan government for undertaking the project. “It is appreciable that Pakistan looks after our sacred places. We are thankful for this gesture,” said a pilgrim.

More than 3,000 pilgrims participated in the festival for which the gurdwara had been decorated with natural and artificial flowers. The organisers garlanded the visitors and presented them nosegays, also affording them an opportunity to enjoy cultural and fun-filled activities. Many of them visited various parts of the sacred place and took selfies.

The district administration served them refreshments and ensured security. Sanitary workers, medical camp, fire brigade, Rescue 1122, Bomb Disposal Squad and other teams were monitored from the control room. All the entry and exit points were closed by barriers and police and other security personnel were deployed.

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2019