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Members of the Sikh jatha in Amritsar on Friday before leaving for Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Sikh pilgrims leave for Pakistan to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary

By Anil Sharma | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Every year, the Pakistan government had been granting visas to 2,500 Indian Sikhs. But this year, the list was shorter at 883 due to the Covid pandemic.
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Amid the threat posed by the virus, Pakistan has asked pilgrims to adhere to the coronavirus guidelines of their country.(PTI Photo | Representational image)
Amid the threat posed by the virus, Pakistan has asked pilgrims to adhere to the coronavirus guidelines of their country.(PTI Photo | Representational image)

Sikh ‘jatha’ from India to leave for Nankana Sahib in Pakistan on Friday

By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Amritsar, Punjab
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:36 PM IST
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on November 19 had made the announcement regarding the Sikh jatha’s visit to Nankana Sahib from November 27 to December 1.
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Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh says that the condition of carrying a passport as identity proof is the main reason behind the low turnout of Indian pilgrims at the Kartarpur Sahib shrine, the last resting place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan.(HT file photo)
Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh says that the condition of carrying a passport as identity proof is the main reason behind the low turnout of Indian pilgrims at the Kartarpur Sahib shrine, the last resting place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan.(HT file photo)

All-party team to meet PM on passport waiver for Kartarpur pilgrims: CM

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 11:17 PM IST
House passes resolution in support of waiver of passport and $20 fee for Kartarpur pilgrims.
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Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh (centre, first row) outside the Akal Takht secretariat in Amritsar before leaving for Pakistan on Wednesday for taking part in a function at Nankana Sahib.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh (centre, first row) outside the Akal Takht secretariat in Amritsar before leaving for Pakistan on Wednesday for taking part in a function at Nankana Sahib.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Sikh jatha led by Akal Takht jathedar leaves for Nankana Sahib in Pakistan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 12:30 PM IST
Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Evacuee Trust Property Board have invited Giani Harpreet Singh to attend a function being held to mark the anniversary of the massacre at the birthplace of Guru Nanak on February 21, 1921
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The Pakistan government has denied visa to a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation to visit Nankana Sahib(PTI File Photo)
The Pakistan government has denied visa to a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) delegation to visit Nankana Sahib(PTI File Photo)

SGPC panel denied visa to visit Pakistan’s Nankana Sahib

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Punjab
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 05:49 AM IST
Following the vandalization and threats received by the Sikhs living in Pakistan, the apex gurdwara body decided to send a delegation to Nankana Sahib to take stock of situation and express solidarity to the Sikh living in the neighbouring country.
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Sikh community people shout slogans during a protest against the attack on Pakistan's Nankana Sahib Gurdwara, in Jammu, on Saturday, January 04, 2020.(Photo: Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Sikh community people shout slogans during a protest against the attack on Pakistan's Nankana Sahib Gurdwara, in Jammu, on Saturday, January 04, 2020.(Photo: Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

Main accused in Nankana Sahib vandalism arrested

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 06:07 AM IST
On Friday, a mob in Pakistan surrounded the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and pelted stones at the Sikh shrine.
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Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah was summoned to the external affairs ministry hours after Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and other Sikh leaders wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar demanding that India should seek action against those targeting Pakistani Sikhs(ANI)
Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah was summoned to the external affairs ministry hours after Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and other Sikh leaders wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar demanding that India should seek action against those targeting Pakistani Sikhs(ANI)

India summons Pakistani deputy high commissioner over targeting of Sikhs

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 10:30 PM IST
The Pakistani diplomat was told about “strong concerns raised by members of civil society, parliamentarians and others at the continued persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan”, including recent “despicable and heinous acts” against Sikhs.
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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar campaigns door-to-door during the launch of Jan Jagran Abhiyan under the Citizenship Amendment Act Act in Jalandhar on Sunday.(PTI)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar campaigns door-to-door during the launch of Jan Jagran Abhiyan under the Citizenship Amendment Act Act in Jalandhar on Sunday.(PTI)

Haryana CM takes out pro-CAA rallies in Jalandhar, P’kula

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Jalandhar/panchkula
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2020 10:51 PM IST
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Pak ministers, clerics attend Gurpurb celebrations at Nankana Sahib

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2020 10:44 PM IST
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Sikh protestors stamp on a burning effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against the alleged vandalism and stoning of the Nankana Saheb, a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, in Hyderabad.(AP)
Sikh protestors stamp on a burning effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against the alleged vandalism and stoning of the Nankana Saheb, a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, in Hyderabad.(AP)

‘Stop preaching sermons’: Govt on ‘targeted killing’ of Sikh man in Pakistan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 08:30 AM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Pakistan should stop “prevaricating” and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.
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Shrine ‘untouched, undamaged’, reports of desecration ‘false’: Pak

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2020 10:41 PM IST
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ATTACK ON NANKANA SAHIB GURDWARA:SGPC to send 4-member delegation to Pak

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2020 10:36 PM IST
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi called upon the Indian government to immediately take up the issue with Pakistani authorities to ensure the safety of pilgrims at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.(HT PHOTO.)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi called upon the Indian government to immediately take up the issue with Pakistani authorities to ensure the safety of pilgrims at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.(HT PHOTO.)

India should press for arrest, prevent attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib: Sonia Gandhi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 09:55 PM IST
An unruly mob on Friday evening reportedly attacked Gurdwara Nankana Sahib where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was born. According to reports, hundreds of angry residents at Nankana Sahib pelted the Sikh pilgrims with stones.
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An angry mob shouts anti-Sikh slogans outside Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab on Friday.(ANI Photo)
An angry mob shouts anti-Sikh slogans outside Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab on Friday.(ANI Photo)

India condemns attack by local mob on Nankana Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan

By HT Correspondent | Islamabad/New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 02:59 AM IST
Hundreds of people joined the sit-in protest that lasted till the evening and shouted slogans.
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The book on slain militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was released at Nankana Sahib (in photo) in Pakistan.(PTI)
The book on slain militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was released at Nankana Sahib (in photo) in Pakistan.(PTI)

Biography of slain militant Bhindranwale released at Nankana Sahib

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 09:36 AM IST
SGPC member gifts copy of book authored by slain militant preacher’s nephew and ex-Akal Takht jathedar to Pakistan’s Punjab governor.
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That the Kartarpur corridor’s inauguration coincides with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is a further plus, and makes it a landmark decision in India-Pakistan relations and for Sikhs in India(PTI)
That the Kartarpur corridor’s inauguration coincides with the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is a further plus, and makes it a landmark decision in India-Pakistan relations and for Sikhs in India(PTI)

India has done well to go ahead with Kartarpur | Opinion

By TCA Raghavan
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 08:03 PM IST
Security concerns should be addressed. But they cannot be allowed to trump landmark political initiatives
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Corridor opening a chance to bring India, Pak together: UAE Sikhs

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Dubai
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 10:10 PM IST
Leader of the UAE’s Sikh community, Surender Singh Kandhari said Kartarpur was of historic and religious significance for Sikhs as this is where the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak took his last breath
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Despite Takht’s edict, SAD stays away from nagar kirtan to Nankana Sahib

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 11:23 PM IST
The nagar kirtan is organised by Parmjit Singh Sarna-led Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Delhi) to commemorate the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak.
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Nagar Kirtan (a religious procession) by Indian Sikh devotees to Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, departed from New Delhi on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Nagar Kirtan (a religious procession) by Indian Sikh devotees to Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, departed from New Delhi on Monday.(ANI Photo)

Pakistan denies Indian delegation permission to hold ‘nagar kirtan’ at Nankana Sahib

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2019 01:41 AM IST
The delegation, led by the Punjab government and including representatives of the SGPC and DSGMC, had planned to organise ‘Akhand Path’ and hold ‘nagar kirtan’ at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province as part of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
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Imran lays foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak varsity

By Agencies | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Nankana Sahib
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 10:50 PM IST
The initiative is part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the founder of Sikh religion, Pakistani media reported.
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On Monday morning, the procession was sent off by several dignitaries, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(Photo: ANI)
On Monday morning, the procession was sent off by several dignitaries, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(Photo: ANI)

Sikh devotees’ procession leaves from Delhi for Nankana Sahib: Pak High Commission

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2019 03:50 PM IST
The ‘Nagar Kirtan’ (procession) is led by Sardar Paramjit Singh Sarna, the former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), and includes representatives from different sections of the Sikh community in India.
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Pak to issue multiple, on-arrival visas to Sikh pilgrims: Imran Khan

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Lahore
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 01:03 AM IST
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The family of the Pakistani Sikh girl has appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa for help in the matter.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)
The family of the Pakistani Sikh girl has appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa for help in the matter.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)

Pak Sikh girl forcibly converted, married off; family seeks Imran Khan’s help

By Agencies | Lahore, Lahore
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:25 AM IST
In Pakistan, many such incidents are regularly reported where Hindu, Sikh and Christian girls are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men.
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The nagar kirtan from gurdwara Nankana Sahib at Rupnagar on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
The nagar kirtan from gurdwara Nankana Sahib at Rupnagar on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

Grand welcome for nagar kirtan from Nankana Sahib at Rupnagar

By HT Correspondent, Rupnagar
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 11:25 PM IST
The procession started from Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib on Friday morning and passed through Nurpur Bedi before reaching Rupnagar
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Head priest of Golden Temple, Giani Jagtar Singh (C) carries the Guru Granth Sahib during the 'Nagar Kirtan' procession to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, at the Wagah Border Post, on Thursday, August 1, 2019.(Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)
Head priest of Golden Temple, Giani Jagtar Singh (C) carries the Guru Granth Sahib during the 'Nagar Kirtan' procession to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, at the Wagah Border Post, on Thursday, August 1, 2019.(Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

Nagar kirtan from Pakistan reaches India for first time since Partition

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Attari
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2019 12:02 PM IST
A red carpet was rolled out at Attari to welcome the procession from Nankana Sahib; devotees arrived in droves to have darshan of Guru Granth Sahib saroop on the Indian side.
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(LtoR) Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa and SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal presenting a Quran translated into Gurmukhi to the Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman Amir Ahmed at Nankana Sahib on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.(HT Photo)
(LtoR) Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa and SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal presenting a Quran translated into Gurmukhi to the Evacuee Trust Property Board chairman Amir Ahmed at Nankana Sahib on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.(HT Photo)

After confusion, Pakistan gives permission for nagar kirtan to Indian Sikh pilgrims

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Nankana Sahib, Nankana Sahib
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 01:57 PM IST
Trouble began when officials of Pakistan’s ETPB feigned ignorance about Sikh institutions — SGPC and DSGMC — at a meeting.
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The Pakistan high commission in New Delhi issued visas to the Indian pilgrims on July 26.(PTI Photo)
The Pakistan high commission in New Delhi issued visas to the Indian pilgrims on July 26.(PTI Photo)

500 more Indians allowed by Pakistan to attend Sikh festival

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 08:17 AM IST
The ‘jatha’ or caravan of Indian pilgrims crossed over to Pakistan through the Wagah border crossing on Tuesday morning, the Foreign Office said.
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The first group of pilgrims from India will come to Pakistan via the corridor on November 9, the PSGPC has said.(HT Photo)
The first group of pilgrims from India will come to Pakistan via the corridor on November 9, the PSGPC has said.(HT Photo)

Kartarpur corridor to open on November 2: PSGPC

By HT Correspondent | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 08:53 AM IST
About the preparations for the birth anniversary, Tara Singh said every year, 25,000 to 30,000 Sikh devotees come to Nankana Sahib from within country and abroad.
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When Indian pilgrims arrived on November 23 at Nankana Sahib, they found the grounds of the shrine and buildings festooned with banners and posters on “Referendum 2020” and an “independent” Punjab.(AFP/Picture for representation)
When Indian pilgrims arrived on November 23 at Nankana Sahib, they found the grounds of the shrine and buildings festooned with banners and posters on “Referendum 2020” and an “independent” Punjab.(AFP/Picture for representation)

Khalistanis in Pakistan target Indian pilgrims for ‘Referendum 2020’ propaganda

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2018 07:34 AM IST
Pro-Khalistan elements in Pakistan have stepped up propaganda targeting visiting Indian pilgrims and backing the so-called “Referendum 2020” at religious sites such as Nankana Sahib, which attract thousands of Sikhs from around the world.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, foreign minister SM Qureshi, cricketer-turned-Indian politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and others during ground breaking ceremony for Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan's Kartarpur, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(PTI)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, foreign minister SM Qureshi, cricketer-turned-Indian politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and others during ground breaking ceremony for Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan's Kartarpur, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(PTI)

Pro-Khalistan group SFJ plans its secessionist 2020 referendum at Kartarpur

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya | Hindustan Times, Toronto
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2018 09:06 AM IST
While the original plan had been to hold a major event at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, SFJ’s legal advisor Gurpatwant Pannun told HT that the opening of the corridor will allow the group access to a much larger number of pilgrims from India at Kartarpur Sahib than would be possible at the more distant Nankana Sahib.
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