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Pakistan Opens Visa-Free Border Crossing for Indian Sikh Pilgrims

Indian Sikh pilgrims help a man on a wheelchair as they visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, in Kartarpur, Pakistan, Nov. 9, 2019.

Hundreds of pilgrims Saturday from India’s minority Sikh community crossed the international border with Pakistan without a visa for the first time in 72 years to pay homage to one of their holiest shrines.

The rare instance of cooperation to facilitate the religious journey comes amid a sharp deterioration in already tense ties between the nuclear-armed rival countries sparked by recent Indian actions in the disputed Kashmir region. Both India and Pakistan control portions of the Himalayan territory but claim it in its entirety.

Indian pilgrims, including senior politicians and officials, traveled through a newly established 4.1-kilometer cross-border corridor, featuring fenced-off sides read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com