Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Jan 1, IRNA - A Pakistani leading news daily on Tuesday reported that Iran and Pakistan have decided to start special flights for pilgrims who visit holy shrines in Iran in the wake of terrorist attacks on Shia pilgrims in Balochistan.
Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad is a favorite destination for Shia pilgrims
According to daily 'Jang', the move would help in countering the terrorists' attacks on pilgrims.
In last four years militants have carried out more than 200 sectarian attacks in Balochistan, killing 400 people.
The report said that buses of pilgrims have proved to be an easy target for the militants in Balochistan. It is also decided in a meeting between the officials of Iran and Pakistan that extra security measures would be taken for the safety of Shia pilgrims traveling through buses.
Around 0.12 million Pakistani pilgrims visit Iran and Iraq's holy shrines annually. These pilgrims rarely get official permits from the Foreign Office or the relevant embassies in Pakistan, according to religious affairs ministry officials.
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