3,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims have been issued by the Pakistan High Commission for India on the eve of the 552nd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and the celebrations will last from November 17 to 26, the commission revealed in a statement.

As per the statement, the Sikh pilgrims, during their stay in Pakistan, would pay obeisance at different gurdwaras, including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

The country has issued visas to Sikh pilgrims under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, “which provides for the visit of 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India for the birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak. Thousands of Silk pilgrims from India and around the world would be visiting Pakistan to attend the event”, the statement added.

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken several initiatives for the facilitation of Sikh pilgrims, including the historic opening of the visa-free Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in November 2019 on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

The newly built Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib complex was a gift by the people of Pakistan and their leadership to the Sikh community from India and worldwide.

“Pakistan High Commission in India extends profound felicitations to the Sikh community in India and across the world on the 552nd birth anniversary of the founder of Sikh religion. The High Commission also wishes a spiritually rewarding yatra to the pilgrims visiting Pakistan on this occasion.”

The issuance of maximum number of pilgrimage visas is in line with the Government of Pakistan’s efforts for promoting visits to religious shrines in Pakistan.

From : pk.mashable.com

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