Rotarians visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara

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A religious delegation from RC Mansa Royal, RID 3090, led by PDG Prem Aggarwal and accompanied by club president Kaman Goyal visited Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan. This is one of the most sacred places for Sikhs as Guru Nanak Dev spent his last 18 years here and gave the message of the three pillars of Sikhism — Kirat Karni (honest living), Vand Chakna (sharing with others) and Naam Japna (focus on god).

The Kartarpur corridor was reopened in November 2021, and the Rotary delegation was flagged off by the local gurudwara management committee after DG Parveen Jindal and Nalini Jindal and club members of RC Moga Stars arranged a delicious breakfast and bid them adieu from Moga.

Above: RID 3272 DG Saifullah Ejaz, RID 3090 PDG Prem Aggarwal and RID 3272 DGE Saboor Rohaila with Rotarians from Pakistan and India at the ­Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara.
Above: RID 3272 DG Saifullah Ejaz, RID 3090 PDG Prem Aggarwal and RID 3272 DGE Saboor Rohaila with Rotarians from Pakistan and India at the ­Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara.

The delegation of 20, comprising Rotarians, Anns and members of Inner Wheel Club Mansa Royal, and the Indian Medical Association, first visited the joint check post at the Attari-Wagha international border and the Sri Harmander Sahib Amritsar.

On Dec 1, the group departed for the Kartarpur Sahib after ­completing all the customs, immigration and security formalities at both India and ­Pakistan checkposts, reached the gurudwara in Pakistan and offered prayers.

PDG Aggarwal and DG Ejaz embrace each other.
PDG Aggarwal and DG Ejaz embrace each other.

After taking food at the Langar Ghar, they visited the well which was used by Guru Nanak Dev for irrigating his fields.

As scheduled, a delegation of 82 members, including women, from 32 Rotary clubs of RI District 3272, from Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Narowal and Rawalpindi, led by District Governor Saifullah Ejaz, visited the Kartarpur Sahib to welcome the Indian delegation from RID 3090.

PDG Aggarwal, DG Ejaz and DGE Rohaila with Rotarians of India and Pakistan.
PDG Aggarwal, DG Ejaz and DGE Rohaila with Rotarians of India and Pakistan.

Apart from the DG’s spouse Sidrah Saif, DGE Saboor Rohaila, PDG Faiza Qamar, and other senior Rotarians from Paksitan greeted the Indian visitors and welcomed them with gifts. “This was a great get-together to enhance the public image of Rotary, create awareness about our efforts at polio eradication and give out a message of peace and brotherhood between the people and Rotarians of both the countries,” said PDG Prem Aggarwal. “On behalf of our DG, Parveen Jindal, I invited them to visit India and they accepted the invitation and assured us they will make a visit during a Rotary event.”

DG Ejaz said that in Pakistan the previous year, there was only one case, and in January 2022, the country has marked 365 days without a single case. Polio caps of India and Pakistan were exchanged.

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