Pak issues 2,200 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims for Baisakhi celebrations


New Delhi, April 7 (IANS): Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi has issued more than 2,200 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to attend the annual Baisakhi celebrations, Express Tribune reported.

Issuance of visas is covered under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, by which a large number of Sikh pilgrims travel from India to Pakistan to observe various religious festivals.

The Pakistan High Commission’s statement on Thursday said the issuance of pilgrimage visas is in line with the Pakistani government’s commitment to fully implement the bilateral protocol between the two countries.

Expressing his views on this auspicious occasion, the Chargé d’Affaires, Aftab Hasan Khan extended his sincere congratulations to the pilgrims and wished them an enriching and fulfilling pilgrimage.

“Pakistan takes great pride in preserving sacred religious places and providing necessary facilities for visiting pilgrims,” he added.

During the visit, pilgrims would enter Pakistan on April 12, visit sites such as Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib, before returning to India on April 21.

With the Baisakhi festival – the most popular spring harvest festival for Sikhs – just a week away, the city administration has prepared to provide security and all facilities to pilgrims at Gurdwara Punja Sahib, Hassababdal.

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