ISLAMABAD: Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRAN) Abdul Qadar Baloch on Friday informed the Senate that about 19,936 Sikhs and Hindus Yatrees from Indian have tripped Pakistan to visit their sacred places during last five years.

Responding to a question during the questions hour, he said that no agreement has been signed with India where by Pakistani Sikhs and Hindus will visit-India to witness sacred places .

He said, during last five years, 751,930 Pakistani pilgrims performed Hajj. The minister said ministry has no mandate to send Pakistani Zaireen to Iraq, Iran and Syria.

To another question, he said government had taken various steps to enhance the role of religious scholars in promoting a counter narrative against extremist ideology in seminaries since the inception of National Action Plan.

He said `National Ulema and Mashaikh Council’ has been established by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to promote tolerance and inter-faith harmony in the society.