Pakistani Hindu MP to visit India with pilgrims

(Sajjad Hussain)

Islamabad, Jan 24 (PTI) A Hindu MP from Pakistan’s ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party said on Monday that he would visit India with a delegation of pilgrims by the end of this week.

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, head of the Pakistan Hindu Parishad and a member of the National Assembly, issued a statement saying that the delegation would visit India on January 29. He said the delegation will travel in a special chartered aircraft of Pakistan Airlines International (PIA) and will stay in India for three days.

In India, the delegation will visit the Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi, the Dargah of Khwaja Garib Nawaz in Ajmer and the Taj Mahal. Vankwani said, “Pakistani pilgrims will travel to various destinations by PIA flight, while Indian pilgrims will come to Pakistan by Air India flight.” Between Peshawar will be done on 20 February. Indian pilgrims will visit the samadhi and teri temple of Shri Paramhans ji Maharaj in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

The MP said that air flights have been started between the two countries on a monthly basis. He expressed hope that by promoting religious tourism, people of both the countries can come closer. The MP said Hindu pilgrims from India and Gulf countries had reached Peshawar on January 1 on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to pay homage to Shri Paramhansji Maharaj. Indian pilgrims were not allowed to travel in a PIA flight by the Indian authorities at the last minute, after which they were brought to Pakistan via the Wagah border. He said that another delegation of Indian pilgrims will reach Karachi by Air India flight on March 1 for pilgrimage to Hinglaj Mata Temple and other historical holy sites in Balochistan.

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