Pakistan has issued 100 visas to Indian pilgrims who want to travel to several religious sites in the neighboring country, in line with a bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines.
The group of Indian pilgrims will visit Pakistan to participate in the 314th birth anniversary celebrations of Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib at the Shadani Darbar Hayat Pitafi in Sindh territory from November 22 to December 3, the Pakistan high commission said in a statement.
Under the India-Pakistan Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, thousands of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to attend religious festivals and occasions every year.
“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 is also reflective of Pakistan’s respect for religious places of all faiths and efforts for promoting interfaith harmony,” the statement said.
Shadani Darbar is a temple that is over 300 years old and is a sacred site for Hindus around the world. The Shadani Darbar was established in 1786 by Saint Shadram Sahib, who was born in 1708 in Lahore.
The visas issued by the Pakistan mission are in addition to those granted to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims participating in these events from other countries, the statement said.