Indian pilgrims cancel visit due to tension


Indian pilgrims cancel visit due to tension CHAKWAL: Amid tension between Pakistan and India, Indian pilgrims have cancelled their visit to Pakistan.

As many as 200 Hindu pilgrims from different parts of India were scheduled to visit Katas Raj, (one of the holiest Hindu sites in Chakwal district) on Nov 28. During their three-day visit the pilgrims were supposed to perform their religious rituals.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and District Administration of Chakwal had made comprehensive security arrangements for them. “The scheduled visit has been cancelled,” Siddiqueul Farooq, the chairman ETPB confirmed to Dawn.

To a question, he cited the border tension as the reason behind the postponement of their visit. “We had issued visas to the pilgrims but their government did not allow them to visit Pakistan,” he added.

Khalid Ali, the additional secretary (Shrines) of the ETPB while talking to Dawn said that Pakistan had issued 3,319 visas to Sikh pilgrims but only 2,008 visited Panja Sahib recently. He said the Hindu pilgrims would visit Katas Raj in February to attend Shivaratri.

The Hindu pilgrims used to visit Katas Raj twice a year. The first visit is made in February while the second in November.


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