Islamabad: The Pakistan authorities has despatched out invites to Indian Sikhs to attend celebrations marking the 551st start anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founding father of Sikhism.
As per the main points of the invitation, despatched upfront through the Indian Sikh Sangats, the devotees will likely be supplied a five-day visa to enter Pakistan after a compulsory Covid-19 take a look at.
“All pilgrims coming to partake in the festivities of Baba Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary will required to observe and abide by all Covid-19 SOPs throughout their stay, even after showing the mandatory negative Covid-19 test,” an official of the Deserted Waqf Property Board stated.
The nation’s Waqf board and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have additionally despatched common invites and itineraries to numerous different Sikh societies together with the Shiromani Committee of India, inviting them to the festivities.
Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Sikhs will likely be allowed to remain in Pakistan just for a restricted time frame, with none extensions.
A 3-day celebration referred to as Guru Nanak Gurpurab will start on November 27 on the Nankana Sahib, with celebrations persevering with all through the month.
“The stay of Indian Sikhs in Pakistan had to be revised in consideration of closed borders and rising coronavirus tally in India,” stated Sardar Satwant Singh, head of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.
“There will be no new restrictions placed on the number of Indian Sikh pilgrims making the journey.”
Nonetheless, as per bilateral settlement between India and Pakistan, 3,000 Indian Sikh pilgrims will likely be allowed entry into Pakistan, particularly for the Gurdwara celebrations.
Nonetheless, the pilgrims will likely be restricted to Nankana Sahib solely, not like earlier than after they had been supplied with an possibility of a 10-day vista to go to a number of gurdwaras in Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Hasan Abdal, Kartarpura, Rohri Sahib and Farooqabad.
For the primary time, the pilgrims can even not have the choice to remain or store in Lahore.
“Indian pilgrims will be welcomed at the Wagah border on November 27, from where they will be shuttled to Nankana Sahib through a special bus service,” stated Sawant Singh.
“The pilgrims will have access to various gurdwaras in Nankana Sahib and also participate in the Nagar Kirtan custom,” he added.
It has additionally been reported that sure Sikh societies together with Shiromani Committee in India, have referred to as on the Indian authorities to open the Kartarpur Hall of India for Guru Nanak’s start anniversary.
Sources reveal that Pakistan has expressed its willingness to advertise non secular tourism within the nation.
Nonetheless, no response has been acquired from the Indian authorities on the matter.
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