ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked the interested devotees to submit their applications for participating in the annual Urs of Hazrat Mujadid Alif Sani by March 20.
According to an official, the annual Urs is scheduled in Sarhind Sharif (India) from September 30 to October 07, 2021.
March 20, 2021 has been fixed as last date for submission of the applications, giving ample time for security clearance and completing other formalities.
The applicants must attach a non-refundable bank draft of Rs 1, 000 alongwith the application. As many as 200 selected Pakistani pilgrims were allowed to attend the Urs and if the number of applications exceeded the required quota, a draw would be held on April 23 for choosing the successful applicants. The itinerary would depend over latest situation of Covid-19 spread at that time in both India and Pakistan and government would take final decision in this regard.
The religious tourism of Pakistani pilgrims has been suspended since February 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Religious tourism delegations were being exchanged under the Pak-India 1974 agreement.
Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony arranges departure of Pakistani pilgrims to India and the care of visiting Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India were being entrusted by Ministry’s attached department Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).
Hundreds of Sikhs and Hindus from India visit their holy places in Pakistan every year under the agreement, Pakistani Muslim pilgrims visit the shrines of saints in India.