The arrival of a delegation of 211 Pakistani pilgrims in Ajmer for Urs celebrations, the district administration on Saturday has imposed restrictions on them citing visa rules. Urs began on February 17, will continue till March 6 and Pakistani pilgrims will be here till March 7.
Ajmer SP Kunwar Rastradeep states, “It is clear according to the visa norms that the delegation will move in a group during their visit. They will be taken to the dargah in a group during the hours decided in consultation with members of the delegation. It will further help the security infrastructure built in accordance with them.”
Hourly limitations have been set for the visit.
The Pilgrims are also not allowed to visit any Hujra (priest seat) or the house of their Khadim (priest). The restrictions have made the pilgrims unhappy.
The Pakistani pilgrims have been accommodated at a central girls’ government school at Naya Bazaar in Ajmer, which is about 1km from the shrine. The restrictions that were put forth has been conveyed to the leader of the Pakistani delegation during a meeting with dargah committee officials and members of the Khadim community at the SP office on Saturday.
The time frame set for Pakistani pilgrims to visit the shrine as per administration will be a duration of 6-10 hours on a daily basis, depending upon the auspiciousness of the day. Sources say the visit time will be 2pm onwards.
As per TOI, requesting to be kept anonymous some Pakistani delegates said the time restriction would not allow them to offer five prayers a day on any day.