As many as 147 Pakistani pilgrims, accompanied by Charge d’affaires Aftab Hasan Khan and diplomats from the Pakistan High Commission in India, placed the traditional chaddar at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (RA) in New Delhi on Saturday.
The pilgrims, led by Muqeet Ahsen, an official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in Islamabad, attended the 719th annual Urs of the Sufi saint being held in New Delhi from November 7 to 13.
After placing the chaddar, special prayers were offered for the peace and prosperity of Pakistan. Sajjadah Nasheen Dewan Syed Tahir Nizami also did the dastaarbandi (traditional turban) of the Charge d'Affaire and the group leader of pilgrims on the occasion.
The pilgrims also visited the Dargah of Hazrat Amir Khusro (RA), which is located in the same compound, and offered prayers.
The Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (RA), a 14th century Sufi saint of the Chishtia Order, is held annually with traditional zeal and fervour. His Urs is attended by devotees from several countries. Pakistani pilgrims attend the annual Urs under the framework of the 1974 India-Pakistan Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines.
Earlier, a group of Pakistani pilgrims also called upon the Charge d' Affaires at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and expressed their gratitude to the government of Pakistan and the High Commission for facilitating their visit.