More than 220 Indian Hindu pilgrims have been issued visas by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. The visa has been issued so that they can take part in the Hindu temple Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib 310th birthday celebrations in Sukkur.
The High Commission statement revealed that the visas have been issued so that Indian pilgrims can celebrate the temple birthday to be held during 5th to 16th December. Furthermore, this step aligns with the Pak government’s efforts to promote religious shrines visits and increase people to people communication and exchanges.
The statement said, “It also reflected the commitment of Pakistan to faithfully implement the Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines.”
Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974 framework revealed that many Sikh and Hindu pilgrims come to Pakistan annually for different religious events.
A temple is a sacred place for followers from all over the world. The foundation of the temple was laid by Sant Shadaram Sahib at Ghotki district in 1786. Last week around 3800 Sikh pilgrims came to Pakistan to take part in the Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 549th birth anniversary celebrations.
Now Indian pilgrims issued visas is days after PM Imran Khan opened the “Kartarpur Corridor” especially for the Sikh community.
PM Imran Khan in his speech said that he and his party PTI wants to have better fruitful relations with India. Thus Pakistan government will also open the 4 km long visa-free corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in 2019.