Pakistani pilgrims depart for India

Development signals end of year-long unofficial moratorium on granting of Indian visas to devotees from nation

Asif Mehmood July 03, 2018
While many pilgrims are troubled because of the critical relations between India and Pakistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Over 170 Pakistani pilgrims departed for India in connection with Hazrat Amir Khusrow's urs on Monday, The Express Tribune reported.

The pilgrims left for New Delhi from Lahore's City Railway Station. While many expressed gratitude over being granted visas, some expressed uncertainty over the kind of reception awaiting them in India. Pilgrim Shams Islam told The Express Tribune that he was travelling alongside two others visiting India for the first time.

Pakistani pilgrims set to leave on Monday to attend Hazrat Amir Khusro’s urs in India




The pilgrims proceeded to Atari Railway Station in India after clearing immigration and customs at Wagah Border. They will present offerings at the shrine of the celebrated Sufi and pray for the nation.


India grants visas to 165 Pakistani pilgrims

The pilgrims have been issued visas till July 13. They will also be feted at the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi.

Earlier, spiring pilgrims failed to obtain Indian visas to attend Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia’s urs. The end year-long unofficial moratorium on granting intending pilgrims visas is said to have ended following Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan  Ajay Basaria’s intervention.


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