Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood has stressed upon enforcing the bilateral 1974 agreement between India and Pakistan on visits to religious shrines.
In an interview with an international newspaper, he said Pakistan made assiduous efforts to preserve non secular sites and facilitated visits of people. Celebrated on the 14th of April every year, around 1300 Sikhs from India arrived through Wagha border, Lahore.
Referring to the recent visit of the Sikh Yatrees to Pakistan, he said it used to be frequent with the government’s commitment and in accordance with provisions of the 1974 agreement on visits to non secular shrines. Over 20,000 Sikh pilgrims from all around the globe attended the Baisakhi festival with the major celebrations took place in Gurdawara Panja Sahib in Hassanabdal.
Emphasizing upon the successful implementation of the bilateral protocol, the high commissioner said the people from distinctive faiths generally wait and prepare for their spiritual journeys throughout the year.
He regretted that Pakistani Zaireens had been no longer issued visas to participate in the Urs at Ajmer Sharif and Nizamuddin Auliya in the recent months and it is an open violation of bilateral 1974 Protocol.