2,200 visas have been granted to Sikh Pilgrims by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi so they may participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations to be held in Pakistan from April 12 to 21.
A press release from the high commission released on Tuesday confirmed a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to observe religious festivals every year under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines, 1974.
The annual Baisakhi festival is an ancient harvest festival which marks the beginning of a new solar year and harvest season. The pilgrims will visit the shrines of Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib during their visit.
The construction of the Kartarpur Corridor is further expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year.