Pakistan has approved the visas of over 1100 Sikh pilgrims for the upcoming Baisakhi festival. This will allow them to participate in the annual Baisakhi festival celebrations happening during April 12-22.
“Keeping in mind the importance of the Baisakhi festival for Sikhs and Punjabis, which marks the start of their new year, the visas were issued as a special gesture by the Pakistan government,” stated the Pakistan High Commission.
This move takes place amid a recognized thaw in bilateral relations about the time when militaries of both India and Pakistan began cohering to the 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in February.
In a recent incident, the Pakistani government had put a hold on the suggestion to import cotton and sugar from India to sustain their shortage and inflating prices after facing backlash from a few Federal Ministries.
Wishing a ‘fulfilling yatra’ to those celebrating, the Pakistani govt extended their sincerest wishes to them. The India-Pakistan Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, observes a large number of Sikh pilgrims, who visit Pakistan from India to observe several religious occasions yearly.
Pakistan’s High Commission said that these pilgrimage visas are a part of their government’s efforts to facilitate visits to religious shrines and reflect its faithful coherence to the bilateral Protocol.