Pakistan approves unlimited visas for Sikh pilgrims

Lahore: Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has announced that unlimited visas would be issued for the Sikh pilgrims who would be visiting the Gurdawara Dera Sahib in Lahore, on the occasion of 400th martyrdom of fifth Guru Arjun Dev, on June 16.

The decision was taken last evening at a meeting held between Aziz and a visiting Sikh pilgrims in Islamabad.

According to sources, the Pakistani prime minister also agreed to attend the main function on June 16 besides issuing of memorial stamp on the occasion. The Sikh delegation told him that more Sikh pilgrims wanted to come to visit their holy places in Pakistan especially on 400th martyrdom day of fifth guru and for that the visa policy should be changed and free visas be issued to them.

The prime minister immediately agreed to the demand of liberal visa policy and assured them that he will issue necessary directions to the Foreign Office in this regard and all the Sikh pilgrims, who apply for visas for June’s function, would be given visas, reported The News.

Aziz said that his government was making every effort to make the visit of Sikh pilgrims comfortable so that they face no difficulty in visiting their holy places. He also greeted the delegation on the sacred occasion of Basaikhi.

He also reportedly agreed to set up a visa centre at Amritsar, provided the Indian government agrees to facilitate the pilgrims travelling on Nankana Sahib-Lahore-Amritsar bus service. He told the delegation that three big hotels will be constructed each at Lahore, Nankana Sahib and Hasanabdal to make the stay of pilgrims more comfortable besides other facilities.


Posted in India, Pakistan, Religion and Politics

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