India on Friday mentioned there’s an curiosity on each the Indian and Pakistani sides to broaden the agreed listing of shrines and mode of journey below the 1974 protocol for visits to non secular locations, asserting that it has a constructive strategy on the matter and is keen to interact with Islamabad on it.
The assertion comes days after a distinguished Hindu lawmaker from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ruling occasion urged India to challenge visas to a delegation of pilgrims to go to the nation as a part of his religion tourism initiative between the 2 neighbours.
Patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council and member of the Nationwide Meeting Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has mentioned he would lead a delegation of Pakistani pilgrims to India on January 29 on a particular chartered flight of the Pakistan Airways Worldwide (PIA).
Requested about India’s stand on the difficulty and if approvals had been given, Ministry of Exterior Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned, “As you’re conscious, below the 1974 Protocol between India and Pakistan, visits to non secular shrines are being facilitated recurrently. There may be an curiosity on either side to broaden the agreed listing of shrines and mode of journey.”
It naturally must be mentioned below the protocol, he mentioned.
“Let me underline that India has a constructive strategy on this matter and is keen to interact the Pakistani aspect. You might be additionally conscious that at the moment restrictions are in place on motion and gatherings in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because the scenario normalises, we anticipate that this time could be utilised to carry discussions below the bilateral Protocol,” Bagchi mentioned.
“It’s our hope to facilitate early trade of visits to all shrines of curiosity to pilgrims,” he mentioned.