Pak High Commission gets 3,450 visa requests for Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary

November 14th, 2007 - 8:31 am ICT by admin  
Sources said the Shiromani Gurdawara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) received about 2,100 applications out of which 1,900 applications had been sent to the Pakistan High Commission for the visa to attend the function to be held in Pakistan from November 21.

The SGPC had asked the Sikh community in India to submit applications latest by November 8 so that papers could be easily processed for the visa, the Daily Times reported.

The daily quoted SGPC chief Sardar Avtar Singh Makkar as saying that the Pakistan High Commission had told the committee that complete applications would be granted visas.

Delhi Gurdawara Management Committee (DGMC) chief Sardar Paramjeet Singh Sarna said the committee had submitted more than 500 applications to the Pakistan High Commission, adding that about 700 more applications would be submitted in a few days.

Sarna further said that about 2,000 applications were sent to the committee for visas, but as some of them were incomplete, applicants had been asked to submit the remaining documents.

Sources in Bhai Mardana Society said that about 350 applications had been submitted to the commission for visas.

Around 700 individuals have also submitted visa applications and pilgrims from various cities, including Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Kolkata were expected to visit Pakistan on the occasion, sources added.

As per the policy agreed between India and Pakistan, 3,200 Sikhs visit Pakistan to participate in Sikh festivals. But on the demand of Sikhs for an open visa policy, more than 5,000 Indian Sikh pilgrims are expected to arrive by special trains on November 21, the paper said. (ANI)

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