New Delhi: The Pakistan Excessive Fee on Wednesday stated 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.
Underneath the framework of the Pakistan-India protocol on visits to non secular shrines of 1974, a lot of Sikh pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to look at numerous spiritual festivals yearly, the excessive fee stated.
It stated the visas have been issued as a “particular 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 Excessive Fee extends particular felicitations to all these celebrating this auspicious event and desires the visiting pilgrims a satisfying yatra,” the excessive fee stated in an announcement.
“The issuance of pilgrimage visas is part of the Authorities of Pakistan’s efforts for facilitating visits to non secular shrines,” it stated.
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 Management. The return to the ceasefire was agreed upon by the director-generals of navy operations of the 2 international locations.
Late final month, Military Chief Gen MM Naravane stated 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.