Pakistan A Home To Religious Tourism

Written by The Frontier Post

Sehrish Khan

In the changing global political landscape, religion is a significant component as a social measure with the complication of the erections and purposes that irritated values and customs. So, it is strong and clear that if there is no sole or simple classification of a complex idea of faith, it is a system of recognized theories and performs that recognize the strength of human beings, allowing people to solve life’s problems and not go further.
Tourism is experiencing significant economic and social growth.
Majority of Pakistani Muslims are located in a region where for three centuries, there have been three of the most important religions in the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In addition to Sikh Gurdavars of historical interest, the country of South Asia offers travelers the opportunity to discover the historical heritage of one of the oldest civilizations in the world and visit a rich collection of Sufi mosques and saints, Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and Christians.
The Kartarpur Corridor, a joint initiative between India and Pakistan, is located in the in Punjab. It is in-tended to link a Gurudwara darbar Sahib, the Indian border. In Pakistan, Hindu and Sikh religious sites attract pilgrims. Religious tourism plays an important role in reviving the country’s economic activity. Thousands of people attend ancient Hindu and Sikh temples, mainly the Gurunanak Temple. The opening of the Kartarpur corridor (Narowal) attracted more religious tourists to Pakistan.
Pakistan’s foreign policy has improved over the years, with the creation of an economic corridor with China along the Kartarpur Corridor and now a “social” corridor against the adversity of India’s neighbors. Pakistan knows how to respect other religions and recognizes the need for religious freedom, unlike In-dia, which has many conflicts over ethnicity and re-ligion every year. Accord-ing to Article 36, the Con-stitution of Pakistan guarantees that the state will protect the legal rights and interests of ethnic minorities. The development of the Kartarpur Corridor is part of the same effort to promote religious freedom and harmony of ethnic minorities. According to the statistical data, Pakistan hosts more than 1 million Sikhs each year and this continuing for the past 75 years. In November 2021, more than 8000 Sikh pilgrims from all over the world visited Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, out of which 3000 entries were allowed by Pakistan High Commission in India.
It is no secret that all the governments of Pakistan have always tried to maintain relations with India on the principle of coexistence, it is another thing that there has never been a positive response from India. When Imran Khan’s government came to power, he extended a hand of friendship to India even before he took office, saying that if India would take one step, we will take two steps.
Imran Khan’s administration started very positive efforts to create a friendly environment for long-term construction with all neighboring countries. His first speech after the elections gave hope, as he has shown an understanding of Pakistan’s problems and its regional dimensions, mainly peace with India and peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan is providing facilitation for pilgrims of various Holy Shrines in Pakistan including Punjab (Kartarpur Corridor, Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore, Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Adal, Darbar Sahib, Katas Raj Temple), KPK (Shri Param Jee Maharaj Samadhi) and Balochistan (Hinglaj Maata Temple). As per the record, Pakistan has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Whereas, The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) identified 480 locations for inbound tourism alone. Among them are 106 historical significance, 120 religions, and 26 religions and history.
Recently, to further promote religious tourism and inter-faith harmony, The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued 136 visas to Hindu pilgrims on 1 December 2021 for visit to their religious sites in the country. A large number of pilgrims from India is arriving in Sindh to take part in the celebrations of the 313th birth anniversary of Shiv Avtari Satguru Shadarm Sahib in Ghotki district from 4-15 December 2021.
Shadani Darbar founded in 1786 by Sant Shadaram Sahib is a sacred place for Hindu devotees across the world. According to press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission, these visas are in addition to the visas granted to Hindu pilgrims participating in their religious events from other countries. With Pakistan’s focused approach on up-keeping of religious sites of their religions and facilities for visa, stay, transportation etc during the past few years. Pakistan is burning out to be a ‘Heaven of religious tourism and inter-faith harmony”.

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