Guru Nanak anniversary coins, stamps approved

Guru Nanak anniversary coins, stamps approved

A Pakistan Sikh committee has approved the design for the commemorative coins and postage stamps which will mark Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary in November, according to a media report.

  The Pakistan SikhGurdwaraPrabandhak Committee (PSGPC) on Wednesday said during a meeting thatone side of the coin will have the image of JanamAsthanNankana Sahib, while theother side will have the words Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the number 550,The Express Tribune reported. The postage stamps, which will be worth Rs8 andcould be used commonly, will also have the image of JanamAsthanNankanaSahid andthe number 550.

The PSGPC expressed their satisfaction over the preparationsmade by the Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB).  For the Sikh pilgrims who will come to thecountry from across the world makeshift tents will be set up in Nankana Sahiband could accommodate 25,000 pilgrims, the report said. The year 2019 marks the550th birth anniversary year of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, whosebirthplace is Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

Last November, both India and Pakistan agreed to set up theKartarpur corridor to link the historic GurdwaraDarbar Sahib — the finalresting place of Guru Nanak — in Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Dera BabaNanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan'sNarowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the DeraBaba Nanak shrine.The corridor will facilitate visa-free travel ofIndian Sikh pilgrims to the GurdwaraDarbar Sahib in Kartarpur. Pakistan hascommitted to open the corridor in November this year on the occasion of the550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

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