A Sikh pilgrim gone missing traced at Facebook friend’s residence in Pakistan, to be deported today

A Sikh pilgrim gone missing traced at Facebook friend’s residence in Pakistan, to be deported today

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Lahore: A 23-year-old Sikh pilgrim, who had reportedly gone missing in Pakistan two days ago, was found from Sheikhupura. On Monday, however, he was taken into protective custody by the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

Amarjeet Singh arrived Pakistan on April 12 to attend Besakhi festival but failed to show up despite his scheduled return along with other Sikh pilgrims on April 21 which had left the authorities bewildered.

Sources informed media that Singh had been friends with Amir Razzak; a resident of Sheikhupura, on social networking website Facebook. He had gone to visit Amir in Sheikhupura from Nankana Sahib.

Singh told Razzak that he had a three-months Pakistani visa, they said.

Following airing of reports on media about Singh having gone missing, Razzak contacted the ETPB after which officials took Singh into protective custody, the sources said further.

Singh will now be deported from Wagah border crossing at 10am on Tuesday, they added.

The Besakhi festival that the Sikh pilgrims come to Pakistan for is a widely celebrated festival in Punjab.

Besakhi marks one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival, which is celebrated on April 13 or 14, and also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith.

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