The Himachal Pradesh government has urged the Centre to allow more sikhs from Himachal to visit Pakistan for the annual â€˜Barsi Shere Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh jiâ€™ pilgrimage.
A jatha of 500 sikh sehejdhari pilgrims from all over the country visits various gurudwaras in Pakistan each year for a ten day pilgrimage which starts on June 21 this time.
A spokesman of the state government said since Himachal was allotted a quota of three pilgrims the applications would have to be considered on the first come first serve basis.
The hill state has a sizeable population of sikhs living here for generations.
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