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Over 1000 Indian Sikhs arrive in Pakistan for Guru Nanak birthday

PTI 04 Nov 2014, 19:13:24 PM IST

Lahore: Around 1,100 Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan today via the Wagah border to attend the 534th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion.  

The Sikh Pilgrims reached in a special train on the Amritsar-Wagah-Lahore line and some others crossed over on foot from the Wagah border which witnessed bloodbath on Sunday when around 61 people were killed in a suicide bombing.  

The Pakistan government has issued visas for around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims to visit Pakistan for the religious celebrations at Nankana Sahib in Punjab.

Around 15,000 local Sikhs will also join them in Nankana Sahib for the celebrations which will continue till November 9.

Special security arrangements have been made at the Wagah border for the smooth transfer and entry of the pilgrims with special paramilitary Rangers commandoes also deputed to protect the visiting pilgrims.

The pilgrims will be taken to Nankana Sahib by a special train from Lahore.