The Union Residence Ministry Thursday denied permission to 600 Sikh pilgrims intending to go to gurdwaras in Pakistan citing the safety and COVID-19 state of affairs in that nation, officers stated.
In a communication to the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the house ministry stated that the safety state of affairs in Pakistan continues to be hostile and there’s a menace to Indian residents in that nation.
In addition to, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected 5 lakh individuals in Pakistan and 10,000 individuals misplaced their lives as a result of illness.
The well being infrastructure in Pakistan can also be not satisfactory, the ministry stated.
It additionally stated that each passenger in addition to commerce site visitors between India and Pakistan has stopped since March 2020 as a result of pandemic.
Citing these causes, the house ministry conveyed to the SGPC that it has determined to not accord permission to the Jatha comprising 600 pilgrims which meant to cross over to Pakistan on Friday.