2,856 visas are issued by Pakistan to Sikh Pilgrims for Baisakhhi.

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New Delhi: On Friday, the Pakistan High Commission granted 2,856 Sikh pilgrims from India visas to attend the traditional Baisakhi celebrations in Pakistan from April 9 to April 18.

Pakistan High Commission, India tweeted: “On the occasion of Baisakhi, Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi has issued 2,856 visas to Sikh pilgrims who will travel from India to participate in the yearly celebrations in Pakistan from 09-18 April 2023.”

The pilgrims would visit Dera Sahib, Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib during their stay. On April 9, they would enter Pakistan, and on April 18, they would return to India.

On Sunday, a group of Sikh pilgrims from India will cross into Pakistan through the Wagah border and be welcomed. The pilgrims would be transported to Panja Sahib Hasan Abdal by a special train following immigration and customs clearance, according to The Express Tribune.

In accordance with the “Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974,” visas are issued.

Many Sikh pilgrims go from India to Pakistan each year to participate in various religious celebrations and festivities. In addition to the visas granted to Sikh pilgrims from other nations attending these festivities, New Delhi also issues visas.

According to a statement from the Pakistani Embassy in New Delhi, the High Commission’s decision to grant visas to religious pilgrims is consistent with the Pakistani government’s commitment to fully implementing the bilateral protocol on visits to religious sanctuaries between the two nations.

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