Pakistan Observer – Foreign delegation visits Harkishan Singh Fort

Haripur – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 12 February 2019. A 20-member delegation of Sikh devotees from America and Singapore Monday visited Harkishan Singh Fort Haripur and paid homage to their ancestors.

During the visit to Harkashan Singh fort the Sikh pilgrims thanked civil society, journalists and social activists for giving them warm welcome.

The 20 member delegation visited various parts of the fort and also inspected the historical archive of the fort. The delegation was told that fort Harkishan Singh was constructed year before Haripur city.

Pakistan Observer – DPO orders foolproof security for Baisakhi

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Attock – Panjab – Pakistan, 06 April 2018. The District Police Officer (DPO) Attock Ibdat Nisar on Thursday reviewed arrangements for the upcoming Sikh religious festival, ‘Baisakhi’, to ensure tough security for the Gurdwara and its pilgrims.

The three-days festival will begin on April 12 at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal. Over 10,000 Sikh pilgrims will participate in the festival, out of which about around 2,000 will be coming from India and the remaining from Canada and the UK.

During his visit, the District Police Officer (DPO) directed the officials to adopt extraordinary security measures during the celebrations keeping in view the current wave of terrorism hitting the country.

According to the plan, a multi-layer security cover will be provided throughout the pilgrimage. Over 1,200 policemen will be deployed, including five deputy superintendents of Police, ten inspectors, 121 upper subordinate officers, 77 head constables, 665 constables, 37 women constables and over 100 plainclothes officers besides 19 different sections of elite force.

Moreover, female police commandos are being deployed for the first time for the safety of the women pilgrims. Over 50 security cameras and walkthrough gates have been installed at the Gurdwara as well as 12 walkthrough gates, 40 metal detectors and luggage scanners at the entry points.

Security arrangements also include surveillance plans for nearby markets and bus and railway stations. Certain local shops will be closed during the festival, and traffic around the Gurdwara will be diverted.

Rescue 1122 officials, ambulances and fire department officials will also be deployed. The pilgrims will not be allowed to leave the Gurdwara during their three-day stay and accommodation will be provided within the premises.

Pakistan Observer – Retired Indian Colonel faces criticism for praising Pakistanis’ hospitality

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Okara – Panjab – Pakistan, 28 March 2018. An Indian Sikh man, who claims to be a former Indian army officer, has drawn criticism from fellow countrymen for praising Pakistanis for their hospitality and respect for minority Sikh community.

Colonel (Retd) Amardeep Singh posted an image of his father and cousin, who have been in Okara, Pakistan, standing outside their ancestral home, on Twitter. ‘Our ancestral house at Okara, Pakistan has Gurbani engraved on top.

It’s still existing after 71 years though there are no Sikhs at Okara,’ Singh wrote in his tweet on Monday. Greatness of local people to give respect to Gurbani.

Can it happen in India!! His tweet followed comments from angry Indians, criticising Singh for praising Pakistani people. ‘I would just like to put an end to unnecessary controversy. Neither I was praising Pakistan, nor demeaning anyone. I was praising the humanity and people who love each other,’ Singh snubbed to his countrymen for their undue criticism.

‘Self proclaimed politicians with their vested interests divide the humanity so that they can rule,’ he said. On Tuesday, Singh posted a short video clip of his relatives that showed them moving around in Okara.

Scores of locals accompanied the visitors, with the dhols beating and rose petals being showered upon them. ‘My father at his ancestral house at Okara, Pakistan. He visited after 71 years. Look at the enthusiasm of Okara people who gave him warm welcome and love,’ Singh wrote in his tweet with the video clip. ‘Hope to see free movement of people and peace and harmony for all,’ he added.