Baisakhi is around the corner. Seeing the importance of this festival, Pakistan has taken the decision to issue 2,200 visas to Indian pilgrims. With the issue of visas, Sikh pilgrims get a chance to attend the Baisakhi celebration that is to be held in several Sikh shrines in Pakistan from April 12–22.
During their visit to Pakistan, the pilgrims can visit Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib. On Tuesday, the Pakistan High Commission issued a statement saying that visitors would enter Pakistan on April 12 and would return to India on April 21, 2022.
Baisakhi falls on April 12-21
The annual festival of Baisakhi is scheduled to take place in Pakistan from April 12–21, and according to the High Commission, the latest visas to Indian pilgrims was issued in addition to the visas to Sikhs residing in other countries.
The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued over 2,200 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual festival scheduled to be held in Pakistan from April 12–21, 2022, the Pakistan High Commission in India said in a tweet.
The High Commission for Pakistan in India stated that the issuance of visas is covered under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974.
A huge number of Sikh pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to celebrate numerous religious festivals. The visas are issued to Sikh yatrees (passengers) so that they can easily participate in religious events in the neighbouring country.
The statement further reads, “The issuance of pilgrimage visas to religious pilgrims by the High Commission is in line with the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to fully implement the Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines between the two countries.”
Aftab Hasan Khan, Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, extended his felicitations to the pilgrims and wished for a rewarding and fulfilling yatra. In his message, he said, “Pakistan takes immense pride in preserving sacred religious places and providing necessary facilitation to visiting pilgrims.”