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US-Based Advocacy Group’s Request to Imran Khan

The US-Based advocacy group praised Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan for showcasing “admirable magnanimity” in opening the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims. Further, they encouraged him to reopen the Khokhrapar-Munabao border with India for millions of Hindu and Muslim devotees.

The opening of the Khokhrapar border will encourage the visit of Dargah Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan by millions of followers of Saint Moinuddin Chishti. It will also allow Hindu pilgrims to visit the Hinglaj Mandir in Balochistan, said Karachi’s Voice.

Thus, the group represents Mohajirs, Muslims from Urdu who settled after Partition in Pakistan. So, it says it is “committed to raising global awareness of the scourge of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi,” on its website.

“Now that your government has shown admirable magnanimity by opening the Kartarpur crossing making it convenient for Sikh pilgrims to visit their sacred places in Pakistan, I would request you on behalf of millions of Muslim and Hindu followers of Saint Moinuddin Chishti and Hinglaj Devi respectively to show similar generosity by opening Khokhrapar-Munabao border with immediate effect,” the group’s Nadeem Nusrat said in a letter to the Pakistan Prime Minister.

“Your favorable response will not only win you millions of hearts, but it will also help ease tensions in the region by improving people-to-people contact. The failure to do so, on the other hand, would justifiably reinforce rumors and speculations about the real intentions behind the opening of Kartarpur crossing,” Nadeem Nusrat said.

Further, he said that since 1947 millions of Muslims and Hindus living in Pakistan and India have had trouble visiting the two places of worship. “Fortunately, both issues could quickly be resolved with the same level of kindness you have demonstrated in the Kartarpur crossing issue,” he said.

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Moreover, millions of Muslims who settled after Partition in urban areas of Sindh Province are still profoundly revering Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti and wanting to visit his Indian shrine, Nadeem Nusrat said.

Thus, this should not be a concern as Sindh shares its border with Rajasthan, and the journey from Sindh’s Khokhrapar border crossing to Ajmer shrine is only a couple of hours.

“However, this border crossing is closed for years, which forces the visitors to undertake an almost four-time longer journey to Ajmer shrine via Punjab and Delhi. This unnecessary longer journey also places a substantial financial burden on visitors whose overwhelming majority comes poor and middle-class people,” the group said in the letter.

“If you look at it from a human perspective, it is a blatant case of the violation of millions of peoples’ fundamental religious rights,” he said.

So, Hinglaj Mandir is a sacred Hindu temple on Balochistan’s Makran coast.

“A large number of Hindu worshippers every year undertake a four-day pilgrimage to the Hinglaj Mandir. The deity is also worshipped and visited by many Hindus in India who want to visit this temple but face the same challenges as do the followers of Saint Moinuddin Chishti,” Nadeem Nusrat said.

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