Pakistan issues 2,200 visas to Sikh pilgrims on eve of Baisakhi celebrations
New Delhi : The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued 2,200 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations from April 12 to 21 this year.
According to a press statement from the High Commission, the 2200 visas issued were in addition to the visas granted to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries.
Commenting on the occasion, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood said that the gesture by the Pakistani government was reflective of the reverence attached to Baisakhi, both in its religious and cultural dimensions.
“We extend our profound greetings and felicitations to all our brothers and sisters celebrating this auspicious occasion and wish the visiting pilgrims a spiritually fulfilling journey,” added the High Commissioner.
During their visit to Pakistan, the pilgrims would visit the holiest shrines of Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib.
The issuance of these pilgrimage visas is in line with the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate visits to religious shrines and strengthen people-to-people exchanges, said the High Commission in the press statement.
“This also reflects the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to faithfully implement the 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines. Pakistan remains committed to preserving sacred religious places and extending all possible facilitation for the visiting pilgrims of all faiths,” it added.