Pakistani pilgrims still await Indian visas with two days left in Hazrat Amir Khusro’s Urs

Published: June 26, 2018
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Visa applications submitted in January after receiving a nod from the Indian High Commission. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Visa applications submitted in January after receiving a nod from the Indian High Commission. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: With two days left for the Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusro, India is yet to issue visas to Pakistanis aspiring to take part in the annual occasion in New Delhi.

The Urs, scheduled from June 28 to July 5, is attended by devotees from across the world. However, Pakistani pilgrims are yet to be granted visa for the ceremony despite having sent applications to the Indian Embassy in January.

India signals readiness to accept Pakistan pilgrims

Earlier, at least 503 Pakistanis were refused visas for the Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Mohinuddin Chistri in Ajmer Sharif in March.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony had submitted passports of pilgrims willing to attend the Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusro after receiving a nod from the Indian High Commission.

“This year for the first time the embassy has asked the ministry to submit the passports of the intending pilgrims who want to travel to India to participate in the annual Urs,” an official told The Express Tribune.

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