Delhi, 15 June 2023 (TDI): A delegation of the Jain community visited Pakistan’s High Commission in India earlier today. The delegation was led by Ashwini Jain and attended by Salman Sharif, Charge of Diplomatic Affairs.
The purpose of the visit by the delegation was to convey their gratitude towards the Government of Pakistan and the High Commission of Pakistan in India for their support and hospitality extended during the visit of Jain devotees to Pakistan.
A group of Jain pilgrims traveled to Pakistan last month to visit their religious sites. Pakistan is home to several sites that are of religious significance for the Jain community, and every year a notable number of Jain visitors travel to Pakistan as pilgrims to visit these sites.
The Jain community has a long history in Pakistan, and their presence is evident in the numerous temples and shrines scattered across the country.
During their pilgrimage, the group explored famous temples like the Samadhi Mandir of Param Pujya Acharya Shri Atmaramji Maharaj located in Gujranwala and the Charan Paduka of Atma Ramji Maharaj Saheb at Lahore Museum, among others.
Pakistan has always believed in religious harmony, and despite having conflict with India, it has never politicized religious matters and has always dealt with them on humanitarian grounds.
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Opening the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims and providing visas to devotees from different religions to visit their religious sites amid political tensions is a testament to Pakistan’s commitment to religious tolerance.
This kind of visit portrays Pakistan as a responsible stakeholder in the region and helps to promote Pakistan’s soft image in front of the international community.
By facilitating these visits, Pakistan is not only promoting religious inclusivity within its borders but also contributing to global efforts toward peace and coexistence. As Pakistan continues on this path towards promoting tolerance and acceptance, it sets an example for other countries to follow and helps pave the way for a more peaceful world.