Pak asks for list of sites to issue group visas for Indians

Pak asks for list of sites to issue group visas for Indians


Islamabad: Pakistan has asked India to identify four holy Sikh and Hindu sites in the country for which it could consider issuing “group tourist visas" for Indian pilgrims.

The move will be in reciprocation for New Delhi issuing similar visas to groups of Pakistanis to visit holy Islamic sites in India, official sources said. A meeting of law enforcement agencies chaired on 29 October by Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao identified four Muslim shrines in and around New Delhi, the sources were quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

The meeting, which was also attended by officials from the foreign ministry, reviewed the visa policy for Indians with special emphasis on the introduction of “group tourist visas" for pilgrims. The meeting decided that all such measures should be introduced while keeping in mind the law and order situation in Pakistan.

“We have given India the list of four holy places in New Delhi and its surrounding areas and have asked it to send us the names of four of their holy places located in Pakistan," a source said. Sources said the four holy sites identified by Islamabad are the shrines of Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, Mujaddid Alf Sani, Amir Khusro and Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.