The Pakistan High Commission on Wednesday mentioned it has issued over 1,100 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to take part within the annual Baisakhi celebrations from April 12 to 22.
Under the framework of the Pakistan-India protocol on visits to spiritual shrines of 1974, numerous Sikh pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to look at numerous spiritual festivals yearly, the excessive fee mentioned.
It mentioned the visas have been issued as a “special gesture” by the Pakistan authorities in view of the significance of Baisakhi for Punjabis and Sikhs marking the beginning of their new yr.
“The Pakistan High Commission extends special felicitations to all those celebrating this auspicious occasion and wishes the visiting pilgrims a fulfilling yatra,” the excessive fee mentioned in a press release.
“The issuance of pilgrimage visas is a part of the Government of Pakistan’s efforts for facilitating visits to religious shrines,” it mentioned.
The issuance of visas got here amid some indicators of eagerness by each international locations to maneuver ahead of their ties.
In February, the Indian and Pakistani armies recommitted themselves to the 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Control. The return to the ceasefire was agreed upon by the director-generals of army operations of the 2 international locations.
Late final month, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane mentioned the LoC has been silent for the primary time in round 5 to 6 years as not a single shot was fired on it in March barring an odd incident.