On India’s relations with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has bluntly said that it is not possible for India to have normal relations with the neighboring country until the policy of terrorism ends. offered a scholarship of 13 million Pakistani rupees to non-Muslim students.
Pakistan’s acting minister for religious affairs Aneeq Ahmed said on Thursday that amid a souring bilateral relationship, the country has launched efforts to increase the number of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India as their numbers have come down in recent years. At least 7,500 Sikh and 1,000 Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year, Ahmed told reporters during a visit to the Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB), which looks after the holy places of minorities in the country, under an agreement between Pakistan and India. can travel to.
He said, “Since the number of Indian pilgrims is less than the number of agreement during the last several years, we have initiated efforts to increase the number of pilgrims from India.”About 5,000 Indian Sikhs took part in two major events in Pakistan last year, the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and the Vaisakhi Mela. Similarly, last year around 300 Indian Hindus went to Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Satguru Sant Swami Shadaram Sahib in Hayat Pitafi in Sindh province and visit Katas Raj temples in Chakwal in Punjab province. Bilateral relations between Pakistan and India have been strained since August 2019 when India scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
On India’s relations with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has bluntly said that it is not possible for India to have normal relations with the neighboring country until the policy of terrorism ends.Ahmed said that ETPB last year offered scholarships worth 13 million Pakistani rupees to non-Muslim students in the country. The minister said that a lot of work has to be done to increase religious tourism to promote the benign image of Pakistan.
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