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.
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.
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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