Pak­istan ‘re­grets’ non-is­suance of visas to its pil­grims for Urs from Jan 1-8

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Is­lam­abad: Pak­istan on Satur­day voiced re­gret over the non-is­suance of visas by In­dia to Pak­istani pil­grims for the Urs (an­niver­sary) of Hazrat Khawaja Niza­mud­din Au­lia in Delhi from Jan­uary 1-8.

The visit was to take place un­der the pro­vi­sions of the 1974 Pak­istan-In­dia Pro­to­col on Vis­its to Re­li­gious Shrines and is a reg­u­lar, an­nual feature, said the For­eign Of­fice in a state­ment, re­ports IANS.

It said the non-is­suance of visas is “un­for­tu­nate and runs counter to the let­ter and spirit of the 1974 Pro­to­col and ob­jec­tive of peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tacts”.

The For­eign Of­fice also said that ear­lier this year, “de­spite Pak­istan’s of­fer to send a spe­cial train, In­dian de­lays re­sulted in Sikh pil­grims from In­dia be­ing un­able to par­tic­i­pate in the Mar­tyr­dom An­niver­sary of Guru Ar­jan Dev and death an­niver­sary of Ma­haraja Ran­jit Singh”.

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