ISLAMABAD: Facilitating the Sikh pilgrims coming to Pakistan to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, Pakistan has softened its policy for Sikh pilgrims till November 30, sources said.
According to the new rules, Sikhs now would not have to inform 10 days ahead of their arrival in Pakistan. The law of the land about Sikh pilgrims coming to visit their religious sites made it mandatory to apply 10 days ahead of their visit to Kartarpur Gurdwara in the Narowal district.
But now, Pakistan removed the condition and softened the policy for the Sikh pilgrims.
Pakistani officials said that the decision about policy relaxation was taken while respecting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community coming from India.
Pakistani authorities said that they hope India will abide by the same old policy from December 1.
Officials said that authorities also took this decision keeping in view the last-minute opening of Kartarpur Corridor from the Indian side.
Pertinent to note that Sikh community in India wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen Kartarpur Corridor ahead of the Guru Nanak birth anniversary celebrations in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan wished 552nd Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti (birth anniversary) to Sikh community around the world. Imran Khan said, on this auspicious occasion, we welcome thousands of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan.
The premier reiterated his government’s commitment to continue facilitating them to perform their religious rituals.
In a post on social-networking website Twitter, the premier said we welcome thousands of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan.
Wishing 552nd Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti to all Sikhs around the world. On this auspicious occasion, we welcome thousands of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan. I reiterate my govts commitment to continue facilitating them to perform their religious rituals.
Indian Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, along with his cabinet members, visited the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur through Kartarpur Corridor, here on Thursday.
Channi, with a group of 30 people, visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the second day of the reopening of the route, which remained suspended for some 20 months following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Evacuee Trust Property Board spokesperson Amir Hashmi said that another delegation of Sikh Yatrees from India also visited the gurdwara.
The first batch of 28 Indian Sikhs, including women, visited the gurdwara on Wednesday through Kartarpur corridor on the first day of its reopening.
Kartarpur Corridor Project Management Unit Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Latif, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee office-bearers and Gujranwala Commissioner greeted the Sikh Yatrees, who arrived here a day before the annual commemoration of the birthday of Baba Guru Nanak.