Pakistan issues visas to Indian pilgrims to visit Hindu temple

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WION Islamabad, Pakistan Dec 05, 2018, 08.00 PM (IST) Anas Mallick

A week after the Kartarpur ceremony, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi today issued visas to over 220 Hindu pilgrims from India to participate in the 310th birthday celebrations of Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib, at Sukkur, from 5-16 December this year.

Under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol of 1974 on visits to religious shrines, a large number of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals every year.

Shadani Darbar Tirth, a 300-year old temple, is a sacred place for devotees from across the world. The foundation of Shadani Darbar was laid at Hayat Pitafi Tehsil, Mirpur Mathelo, Ghotki district in 1786 by Sant Shadaram Sahib, who was born in Lahore in 1708.

The issuance of pilgrimage visas is in line with Pakistan government's efforts for promoting visits to religious shrines and people-to-people exchanges, the Pakistan government in a statement said.

"It also reflects the commitment of the government of Pakistan to faithfully implement the bilateral protocol on Visits to religious shrines," it added. 

On November 30th, more than 3800 Sikh pilgrims returned to India from Pakistan after participating in the 549th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 

During their visit, the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor on the Pakistan side of the International Border was performed by Prime Minister Imran Khan along with prominent guests from India.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.

Both India and Pakistan last month announced that stretches would be developed in their respective areas to link the two revered places.

Pakistan remains committed to preserving sacred religious places and providing all possible facilitation for the visiting pilgrims of all faiths, the government said.