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India- Pakistan Joint Protocol on Religious Pilgrimages 1974

  • 29 Jan 2022
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Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that India is “positive” and “willing to engage” in talks with Pakistan on upgrading the 1974 Joint Protocol on Religious Pilgrimages.

Key Points

  • About:
    • Under the protocol both the countries agreed on the following principles for facilitating visits to such shrines :
      • Pilgrimage visits from one country to the other shall be allowed without discrimination as to religion or sect. The list of shrines to be visited shall be finalised shortly through correspondence.
        • The agreed list may be enlarged from time to time by mutual agreement.
        • The protocol currently includes five Muslim shrines on the Indian side and 15 shrines on the Pakistani side, a majority of them gurdwaras.
      • Upto 20 parties may be allowed to visit from one country to the other every year. This number may be revised from time to time.
      • Every effort should continue to be made to ensure that places of religious worship mentioned in the agreed list are properly maintained and their sanctity preserved.
      • Such visitors will be given Visitor Category visas.
  • Kartarpur Corridor:
    • The Kartarpur corridor connects the Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in India’s Punjab province.
    • The corridor was built to commemorate 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism on 12th November 2019.

Source: TH

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