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MEA urges Pak to allow visit of 1.5k pilgrims to mark Gurupurab

By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Nov 12, 2021 01:36 AM IST

He noted that Pakistan had denied permission for visits by Indian Sikh pilgrims twice in June this year

India on Thursday said it expects Pakistan to allow a visit of a group of 1,500 pilgrims on the occasion of Gurupurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, following the denial of permission for visits by two other groups in June.

The pilgrims are scheduled to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib and Gurdwara Sachha Sauda. (AFP)
The pilgrims are scheduled to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib and Gurdwara Sachha Sauda. (AFP)

“In view of the significance of Gurupurab and sentiments associated with it, it has been decided that a jatha of around 1,500 pilgrims will visit Pakistan from November 17-26 via the Attar-Wagah integrated check post (ICP),” external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told a weekly news briefing.

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He noted that Pakistan had denied permission for visits by Indian Sikh pilgrims twice in June this year – on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev and on the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh – even though both were covered under the 1974 bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines.

“We hope that the (visit by the) forthcoming jatha...does take place,” Bagchi said.

Referring to the cross-border Kartarpur Corridor, which was opened in 2019 to allow Indian citizens visa-free access to the gurdwara at Kartarpur, Bagchi said movement through the corridor was suspended in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pilgrims are scheduled to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib and Gurdwara Sachha Sauda.

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