Multiple, on-arrival visas to Sikh pilgrims: Imran Khan

Kartarpur is the 'Madina' and Nankana Sahib is the 'Makkah' of the Sikh community, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said and assured that his government will issue multiple and on-arrival visas to Sikh pilgrims coming from India and other countries, media reports said on Tuesday.

Imran said the government will provide Sikh pilgrims maximum possible facilities during their pilgrimage to the holy sites in Pakistan, the 'News International' reported.

Addressing the International Sikh Convention at the Governor House in Lahore, the prime minister said, "I assure that you will be issued multiple visas...This is our responsibility. We will give you visas at the airport."

Pakistan has decided to complete the process of issuance of visas to Sikh pilgrims by September 30 to facilitate their participation at the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Nankana Sahib on November 12.

The visa process started on September 1.

The move is not a favour, it was Pakistan's obligation, the 'Saama TV' quoted Imran as saying.

"Kartarpur is your 'Madina' and Nankana Sahib is your 'Makkah'. We (Muslims) can't even imagine someone keeping us away from 'Makkah' or 'Madina'. This is a new visa regime so there may some obstacles initially, but we will facilitate you fully," he said.