ISPR 12-member British Sikh soldiers’ delegation headed by Major General Celia J Harvey Deputy Commander Field Army UK, visited GHQ and met General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), today.
COAS said that Pakistan respects all religions and also recognizes the need for the promotion of religious tourism in the country. Kartarpur corridor is the practical manifestation of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to religious freedom and harmony.
The delegation visited Lahore where the dignitaries witnessed a flag-lowering ceremony at the Wagha border. The delegation visited Lahore Fort, Allama Iqbal Mausoleum and Badshahi Mosque.
During their stay, the British Sikh soldiers visited several religious sites in the country which included Darbar Hazrat Mian Mir, Haveli Naunihal Singh, Gurdwara Janamasthan Guru Ram Das, Samadi Ranjeet Singh, Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Kartarpur Corridor, Nankana Sahib and Dera Panja Sahib.
The delegation also visited Orakzai District and witnessed Samana Fort, Lockhart Fort and Saragarhi Monument. This was the place where 21 Sikh soldiers laid their lives in 1897 as part of a British expedition and has much historical significance for Sikhs.
The delegation laid wreath at Saragarhi Monument . The delegation lauded the efforts of Pakistan Armed Forces in bringing peace and normalcy in Tribal Districts.