About 3,000 visas have been issued to Indian Sikh pilgrims by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for Guru Nanak’s 552nd birthday celebrations in Pakistan. The celebrations will start on November 17 which will conclude on November 26.
According to a foreign news agency, a statement issued by the High Commission said that during their stay in Pakistan, Sikh pilgrims will be able to visit various Gurdwaras including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.
This type of visa was first issued to Sikh pilgrims for visiting religious places in Pakistan in 1974. Vis was issued under Pakistan-India protocols. Apart from India, thousands of Sikh pilgrims from other countries will also visit Pakistan to attend Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken several steps to facilitate Sikh pilgrims, including the historic inauguration of the Visa Free Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November 2019.
The newly constructed Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib Complex is a gift from the people of Pakistan and its leadership to the Sikh community in India and around the world. The Pakistan High Commission in India congratulated the Sikh community on the occasion of the 552nd birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh religion.