For the facilitation of annual Baisakhi celebration, Pakistan has issued visas to 2,200 Sikh devotees from India this year. This development was confirmed by Pakistan High Commissioner on Tuesday. He said that the gesture by Pakistan is to reflect the respect for the festival both in the religious and cultural aspect.
The annual Baisakhi celebrations will be held from April 12 to 21. As per the reports, the 2,200 visas were in addition to those granted Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries.
To ease up the tension between the countries, this gesture is been taken by Pakistan and the decision of it came six weeks after the Balakot air strike and Pakistani retaliation.
Every year, under the Indo-Pak protocols a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit Pakistan and in the same way, Pakistani pilgrims visit India.
During their visit to Pakistan, the Sikh pilgrims would go to Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib. Pakistan said it remains committed to preserving sacred religious places and extending all possible facilitation for the visiting pilgrims of all faiths. “We extend our profound greetings and felicitations to all our brothers and sisters celebrating this auspicious occasion and wish the visiting pilgrims a spiritually fulfilling journey,” High Commissioner said.
Apart from marking the beginning of the new Sikh year, Baisakhi is the time to harvest the rabi crop.