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Pakistan has made wide-ranging preparations to facilitate the inward motion of Sikh pilgrims to have fun Guru Nanak’s beginning anniversary, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MOFA), Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, mentioned Friday.

Whereas talking at a weekly briefing, Ahmad mentioned that Pakistan opened the Kartarpur Hall in June 2020, including that he hopes the Indian authorities will enable Sikh residents to make the most of the transit path to Kartarpur.

“We’re able to welcome Sikh pilgrims coming to Pakistan on the event of Guru Nanak’s 552nd beginning anniversary,” Ahmad mentioned. 

Pakistan points 3,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims

A press release issued by the Pakistan Excessive Fee for India mentioned that the fee has issued round 3,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims to journey to Pakistan on the eve of the 552nd beginning anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

The celebrations will happen from November 17 to November 26, 2021,  learn the assertion.

 Throughout their keep in Pakistan, the Sikh pilgrims would pay obeisance at totally different gurdwaras, together with Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Visas to the Sikh pilgrims have been issued underneath the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Spiritual Shrines of 1974, which gives for the go to of three,000 Sikh pilgrims from India for the birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak. Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims residing in nations apart from India would even be visiting Pakistan to attend the occasion.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken a number of initiatives for the facilitation of Sikh pilgrims, together with the historic opening of the visa-free Kartarpur Sahib Hall in November 2019 on the event of the 550th beginning anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

The magnificent, newly constructed Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib complicated was a present by the folks of Pakistan and their management to the Sikh neighborhood from India and worldwide.

Pakistan Excessive Fee in India has additionally prolonged profound felicitations to the Sikh neighborhood in India and internationally on the 552nd Delivery Anniversary of the founding father of the Sikh faith. The Excessive Fee additionally needs a spiritually-rewarding yatra to the pilgrims visiting Pakistan on this event.

The issuance of the utmost variety of pilgrimage visas is in step with the Authorities of Pakistan’s efforts for selling visits to spiritual shrines in Pakistan.     

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