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Iraq turmoil: Prayers ordered in gurdwaras

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, June 22, 2014
First Published: 08:18 IST(22/6/2014) | Last Updated: 08:22 IST(22/6/2014)

As workers from Punjab continue to be stuck in militant-seized Iraq, their families back home prayed for their rescue on Saturday at Gurdwara Baba Budha Sahib in Kathunangal near here.

The families had met foreign minister Sushma Swaraj recently and sought her help in getting back their loved ones. The families are from villages around Amritsar and they were in touch with their kin in Iraq until last Sunday. They are worried, since the situation continues to deteriorate in the Gulf country.

Meanwhile, seeking divine intervention for the release of the Indians stranded in Iraq, the SGPC will offer prayers in all its gurdwaras.

The Akhand Path will begin at Gurdwara Jhanda Bunga other historical gurdwaras on June 22 and the “bhog” ceremony will be on June 24. SGPC secretary Manjit Singh issued a statement on Saturday that SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had requested all members and the masses to participate.

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