At least 1,500 Indian pilgrims to visit Pakistan for Gurupurab from November 17 to 26: MEA

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Nov 12:- About 1,500 Indian pilgrims will soon visit Pakistan in view of the significance of the upcoming occasion of Guru Nanak Gurpurab. The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that from November 17 to 26, pilgrims will visit the bordering nation through the Atari-Wagah Integrated Check Post, as per the 1974 bilateral protocol between India and Pakistan on Visits to Religious Shrines.

In light of the sentiments associated with the religious festival, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi during a media briefing said that  “It’s been decided that a ‘jatha’ of around 1,500 pilgrims will visit Pakistan from Nov 17-26 as per the 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines b/w India-Pakistan,”.

“They [the jatha] will visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda,” he added. Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru and is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Sikhs. The day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. It is also marked as Kartik Poornima.

This came after Bagchi was asked about his remarks on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.

“The movement to Kartarpur Corridor was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Land travel between India and Pakistan is since been conducted on a limited scale through Attari-Wagah integrated check-post in coordination with the Pakistan side,” the spokesperson said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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