Pakistan issues visas to Sikh pilgrims on the occasion of Birthday Celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak

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New Delhi:(Rana Tariq) On the occasion of the Birthday Celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued 2942 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to attend the Birth Celebrations scheduled to be held in Pakistan from 06-15 November 2022.

The issuance of visas is covered under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974. Every year, a large number of Sikh Yatrees from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals/occasions. The visas issued from New Delhi are in addition to the visas granted to Sikh pilgrims participating in these events from other countries.

The issuance of pilgrimage visas to religious pilgrims by the High Commission is in line with the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to fully implement the Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines between the two countries.

Expressing his views on the auspicious occasion, Charge d’Affaires Aftab Hasan Khan, extended his heartfelt felicitations to the pilgrims and wished them a rewarding and fulfilling yatra. Pakistan takes immense pride in preserving sacred religious places and providing necessary facilitation to the visiting pilgrims, he added.

During the visit, the pilgrims would, inter alia, go to Dera Sahib, Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib. They would enter Pakistan on 06 November and return back to India on 15 November 2022.