Pakistani Hindus allowed to travel to India to immerse ashes of ancestors

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Karachi, July 5 (ANI): Hundreds of Hindus based in Sindh province would now be able to travel to India to immerse the ashes of their ancestors in the holy River Ganga, as they have been granted visas after decades of denial by the Pakistani authorities.

Now, that the authorities have allowed Hindus to travel to India, it is expected that several people of the community would be visiting India to perform the last rights of their ancestors and immerse the ashes in the holy water of the River Ganga for eternal transformation the body in accordance with the Hindu mythology.

Ashes of about 130 Hindus are lying at local cremation ground here alone, as authorities have denied giving important traveling documents to people for long and the heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, which made the matters worse, The Daily Times reports.

It may be noted that the Union Home Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry had agreed to issue the visas to Pakistani Hindus recently during a meeting with the office bearers of the South Asia Fraternity.

Meanwhile, in Hardwar, where the ashes are to be immersed, two ashrams have offered to provide free accommodation and food to the visiting Pakistani Hindus during their stay. (ANI)

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