Pakistan issues visas to over 1,100 Indian pilgrims

Beneath the framework of the India-Pakistan Protocol on Visits to Non secular Shrines of 1974, numerous Sikh pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to watch varied spiritual festivals and events yearly.

PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 07:50 PM IST

Pakistan has issued visas to greater than 1,100 Indian Sikh pilgrims to take part within the annual Baisakhi celebrations throughout April 12-22.

The visas have been issued as a particular gesture by the Pakistan authorities in “view of the significance of Baisakhi for Punjabis and Sikhs marking the beginning of their new yr”, the Pakistan excessive fee mentioned on Wednesday.

The transfer comes amid a perceived thaw in bilateral relations concerning the time that Indian and Pakistani militaries started adhering to the 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Management (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in February.

The Pakistan authorities lately deferred a transfer to import cotton and sugar from India in an effort to management costs and overcome a home scarcity after going through opposition from some federal ministers.

The Pakistan excessive fee prolonged particular felicitations to these celebrating Baisakhi and hoped the visiting pilgrims would have a “fulfilling yatra”.

Beneath the framework of the India-Pakistan Protocol on Visits to Non secular Shrines of 1974, numerous Sikh pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to watch varied spiritual festivals and events yearly.

The issuance of pilgrimage visas is a part of the Pakistan authorities’s efforts for facilitating visits to spiritual shrines, the excessive fee mentioned.

“This additionally displays the dedication of the federal government of Pakistan to faithfully implement the bilateral Protocol on Visits to Non secular Shrines,” it mentioned.

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