A common religion brought pilgrims to the Sikh shrine of the Punja Sahib at Hasanabdal' in West Pakistan from both Pakistan and India this week.
GV Entrance to Gurdwara
SV Street scene in Hasanabad with turbaned Sikhs
MV Sikh buying oranges
CU Shot of Puri (oil chapatis) being fried
MV Sikh preparing puri
MV Pakistani pressing oranges
MV Female pilgrims
MV Sikh climbs with Baisakhi flag, and others pull flag rope (3 shots)
SV Pilgrims watching flag ceremony
GV Pan from Bogh rite to lady reading Garan Sahib, the Sikh Holy Book
GV More pilgrims enter place of worship
TV Lady reading Holy Book
MV Sikhs waving fly-whisks
STV & GV Pilgrims listening (2 shots)
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Background: A common religion brought pilgrims to the Sikh shrine of the Punja Sahib at Hasanabdal' in West Pakistan from both Pakistan and India this week.
The Sikhs forgot their differences over the civil war in East Pakistan to congregate at the shrine, and some of the Indian pilgrims made a point of thanking the Pakistan authorities for maintaining their gurdwara, or place of worship, and giving them facilities for a comfortable stay during the three days of the "Baisakhi" Festival, which ended on April 15th.
Sikhism is a religion combining Islamic and Hindu beliefs, and on this occasion it linked the Islamic state of Pakistan, now striving for unity, with its parent India at a time when their relations are at their worst.