Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Demise of Elderly Sikh Pilgrim in Lahore, Pakistan

by Antariksh Singh

In a somber turn of events, a 70-year-old Sikh pilgrim, identified as Preetam Singh, breathed his last in Lahore, reportedly succumbing to a cardiac arrest, as confirmed by an official statement on Sunday.

The unfortunate incident unfolded on Saturday evening when Singh, amid the spirited celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, began experiencing chest pain. He was promptly transported to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore. Despite the efforts of medical professionals, Singh’s life could not be saved, leaving the Sikh community in mourning.

An official from the Evacuee Trust Property Board, responsible for overseeing the concerns of minority holy places, provided details surrounding the heart-wrenching incident. The official expressed that Singh’s demise was attributed to a cardiac arrest, underscoring the unpredictability and gravity of health emergencies.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board further conveyed that the body of the deceased Sikh pilgrim was handed over to the Border Security Force (BSF) at the Wagah border. The emotional moment was marked by the presence of Singh’s grieving wife, adding a poignant layer to the already sorrowful episode.

The incident occurred against the backdrop of ongoing festivities related to Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, drawing over 2,500 Indian Sikhs to Pakistan. The atmosphere, initially charged with celebration, is now tinged with a sense of loss as the community grapples with the sudden departure of one of its members.

The authorities and organizers of the event are extending their condolences to the family of Preetam Singh and assuring all necessary support during this challenging time. The news of his passing has cast a shadow over the otherwise joyous commemoration, prompting reflection on the fragility of life even amidst moments of collective jubilation.

As the Sikh community mourns the loss of a fellow pilgrim, the incident serves as a poignant reminder of the need for prompt and accessible medical care during religious festivities that draw large congregations. The resilience and solidarity of the community are now tested as they come together to remember and honor Preetam Singh, emphasizing the sanctity of life in the midst of cultural and religious celebrations.

Antariksh Singh

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