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Pakistan Government Will Not Invite Sikh Jathas From India Amid Rise In Covid-19 Cases | India News


AMRITSAR: The Pakistani government has decided not to extend the invitation to the Sikh jathas from India who were scheduled to visit Pakistan in June to observe the anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev and the anniversary of the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
High-level sources reported that the decision had been made on the advice of the Pakistan National Command (NCOC) Operations Center in the wake of an increase in Covid 19 cases. Formed in April 2020, the NCOC is a leading organization. that governs Covid 19 policies and their implementation in the neighboring country.
In particular, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) led two Sikh jathas who were scheduled to leave for Pakistan in June. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and other small Sikh organizations also send separate Sikh jathas to Pakistan.
The sources said: “Looking at the global increase in Covid-19 cases, jathas from other countries are not allowed to participate in religious events in June.”
The SGPC has not yet received the official information on the cancellation of the invitation to Sikh Jathas by the Evacuee Trust Property Board of the Pakistani government. The Sikh body here has also announced that they would decide to send jathas to Pakistan based on the Covid-19 situation at the time.
However, many devotees had already deposited their passports with the SGPC for the proposed trip to Pakistan from June 6-15 and June 21-30.

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