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High Commissioner Receives Sikh Community Leaders

Sikh Community Leaders met with the High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria today and discussed matters of mutual interest. They exchanged views on the arrangement for the upcoming 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib in Pakistan.

The Sikh Leaders appreciated the Government of Pakistan’s initiatives and commitment to the opening of Kartarpur Corridor. They informed the High Commissioner that a large number of Sikh pilgrims would visit Pakistan to participate in the celebrations. They also thanked the High Commissioner for setting up a special Help Desk at the High Commission to assist in visa application process for the Sikh pilgrims from Britain.

Proposals regarding investments in the new infrastructure projects for Sikh pilgrims and other areas were also discussed.

The Sikh Leaders thanked the Government, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Governor for their immediate attention to the matter related to an incident involving a Sikh girl, Jagjit Kaur’s conversion to Islam and marriage. The Sikh Leaders said that they were in close contact with their Pakistani Sikh friends and that girl’s family and expressed satisfaction over the handling of the issue. Pakistani Leadership’s interest was helpful in bridging the communication gap and denied those external elements and their cohorts inimical to Pakistan who wanted to exploit the incident to cause discord and also divert people’s attention.

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