Pakistan issues largest number of visas to Sikhs for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary

Dawood Rehman 11:49 PM | 20 Nov, 2018
Pakistan issues largest number of visas to Sikhs for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary
LAHORE - Pakistan is set to host this year’s birthday anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev from November 21-30, and has issued visas to over 3,800 Sikh pilgrims.

These visas are in addition to those issued to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This is by far the largest number of visas issued in recent years to Sikh yatrees for Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary celebrations, well beyond the maximum number of 3000, mutually agreed between the two countries for this event,” the statement read.

Under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals and occasions every year, it said.

Around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India and 20,000 from other parts of the world will be arriving in Pakistan to attend the ceremony and related rituals to mark the 550th birthday of their religion’s founder, Baba Guru Nanak, who is also revered among several Muslims.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Tahir Ehsan, Secretary Board Muhammad Tariq Wazir, Pardhan Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) Sardar Tara Singh and other Pakistani Sikh leaders and officers will receive the visitors from India warmly at Wagah border.

Soon after the arrival, the Sikh yatrees will leave for Nankana Sahib through a special train and stay there to perform their religious rituals.

ETPB Chairman Tahir Ehsan said that Pakistan government has made foolproof security arrangements besides immigration, customs, bank and medical facilities at the Wahga Border to facilitate the pilgrims.

In connection with the upcoming religious festival of the Sikh community, Gurdwara Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib has been renovated, decorated and illuminated whereas arrangements for langar [free meals] have also been made. Besides up to the mark cleanliness measures, all rooms of Janam Asthan have been sprayed with anti-dengue insecticides as well.

The main celebration will be held on November 23 at Nankana Sahib where the chief guest will be Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, while other eminent personalities, including social workers, federal secretaries and representatives of minorities would also be invited.

The Indian Sikh yatrees will go back to their homeland on November 30.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 5, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 280.9 284.25
Euro EUR 299 302
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335 338
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 192 194
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,300 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,010.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Karachi PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Islamabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Peshawar PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Quetta PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sialkot PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Attock PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujranwala PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Jehlum PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Multan PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Bahawalpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujrat PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nawabshah PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Chakwal PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Hyderabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nowshehra PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sargodha PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Faisalabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Mirpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360


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