Pakistan points over 1100 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India for annual Baisakhi celebrations | India Information
New Delhi: In one more signal of enhancing relations between India and Pakistan, the latter introduced that it has issued visas for Sikh pilgrims who need to journey there for Baisakhi celebrations.
Pakistan mentioned that it has issued over 1100 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India.
“The Excessive Fee for Pakistan in India has issued over 1100 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to take part within the annual Baisakhi celebrations from 12-22 April 2021,” the Pakistani authorities mentioned in an announcement.
“Underneath the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Spiritual Shrines of 1974, a lot of Sikh Yatrees from India go to Pakistan to look at numerous non secular festivals/events yearly,” it added.
The assertion additional said that the federal government of Pakistan issued the visas as a “particular gesture” in view of the significance of Baisakhi for Punjabis and Sikhs marking the beginning of their new 12 months.
“Pakistan Excessive Fee extends particular felicitations to all these celebrating this auspicious event and needs the visiting pilgrims a satisfying yatra,” mentioned the assertion.
It additionally mentioned that the issuance of pilgrimage visas was part of Pakistan’s efforts for facilitating visits to non secular shrines.
“This additionally displays the dedication of the Authorities of Pakistan to faithfully implement the bilateral Protocol on Visits to Spiritual Shrines,” it added.
There have been indicators of resumption of dialogue between the 2 international locations in latest instances.
Final month, PM Narendra Modi wrote a letter to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Kahn extending greetings on Pakistan Day.
Modi had mentioned that India needs cordial relations with Pakistan however an environment of belief, devoid of terror and hostility, is “crucial” for it.