Pakistan issues visas to 136 Hindu pilgrims from India

Pakistan on Wednesday issued 136 visas to Indian Hindu pilgrims for participating in the 313th birth anniversary celebrations of Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib at Shadani Darbar Hayat Pitafi in Sindh from December 4 to 15.

Shadani Darbar, over three hundred years old temple, is a sacred place for Hindu devotees from across the globe. Shadani Darbar was founded in 1786 by Sant Shadaram Sahib, who was born in Lahore in 1708.

According to a statement, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued these visas in addition to the visas granted to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims participating in these events from other countries.

“The issuance of pilgrimage visas to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims is in line with the government of Pakistan’s efforts for facilitating visits to religious shrines. It’s also reflective of Pakistan’s respect for religious places of all faiths and efforts for promoting interfaith harmony,” the statement further said.

Under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, thousands of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals and occasions every year.

In November, more than 8,000 Sikh pilgrims from all over the world had visited Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

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