The city echoed with traditional slogans ‘Jo Bolay So Nehal, Sat Sri Akal’ and ‘Wahay Guru Je Ka Khalsa, Wahay Guru Ji Ki Fateh’. The yatrees were warmly welcomed by Deputy Secretary Shrines Syed Faraz Abbas, Nankana Sahib ETPB Deputy Administrator Malik Anwarul Haq, Assistant District Collector Mian Jamil Ahmad and other officers. The Health Department has established a dispensary at the railway station to provide medical facilities to the yatrees. Stringent security arrangements were made on the occasion. The Railway Road leading to the Gurdwara had been sealed. Later, the yatrees performed their religious rituals, including Matha Taki and Akhand Paat.Later talking to journalists at Gurdwara Janamasthan, Indian Sikh yatrees group leader Sardar Dr Jang Bahadar Singh, member of Shurmani Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, and deputy leader Sardar Gulzar Singh Barar said that they could not forget the reception accorded given to them by the Evacuee Trust Property Board. They lauded the Jang Group and Times of India for launching ‘Aman Ki Asha’, saying that the initiative had narrowed the communication gap and brought both the nations closer to each other. “The people of both countries want to come closer to each other and now both the governments should think about it seriously,” they maintained.
The yatrees said that ‘Aman Ki Asha’ had laid the foundation of peace, love and friendship and both countries could become the strong powers of Asia by following it. “Peace is vital for the progress, prosperity and welfare of the masses.”
They hoped that there would be betterment in the Amritsar-Lahore Friendship Bus Service soon. They said that the Indian Punjab people were anxiously waiting for the visit of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who would be the chief guest at the World Kabbadi Festival to be held from December 1 to 15.
They said they had no security fears while leaving for Pakistan. They said the Sikh community respected Interior Minister Rehman Malik for declaring Nankana a sacred city. They appealed to governments of both countries to resolve their differences and disputes through dialogue as war was not a solution to anything. They thanked ETPB Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi for renovating and looking after gurdwaras.
Darvindar Kaur, wife of Dr Jang Bahadar Singh, and Daljeet Kaur, wife of Sardar Gulzar Singh, said that Pakistani dresses were very liked in India. They added that Pakistani dresses’ exhibitions had always been successful in India. They said that Pakistani dramas were also popular in India. They added that ‘Dhoop Kinaray’ was one of the most popular and favourite drama series of Pakistan.