New Delhi: Pakistan on Monday issued 100 visas to Indian Hindu pilgrims for visiting their religious sites in Pakistan.
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 province from November 22 to December 3, the Pakistan high commission said in a statement.
Under the India-Pakistan-India on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, thousands of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to attend various religious festivals/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 an over three hundred years old temple and is a sacred place for Hindu devotees from all over the world. The Shadani Darbar was founded in 1786 by Sant Shadaram Sahib, who was born in Lahore in 1708.
Visas issued by the Pakistan mission are in addition to the visas granted to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims participating in these events from other countries.