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India Condemns Pakistan's Attempt to Use Pilgrims

India Condemns Pakistan's Attempt to Use Pilgrims

In another diplomatic controversy, India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over blocking Sikh pilgrims' access to Indian diplomats and consular teams, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release on Sunday. Sources are saying that this whole thing is very bad and Indian nation aren't that happy with this Pakistani step.

Sikh pilgrims at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan.

India today summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner here and lodged a strong protest over attempts being made to raise the Khalistan issue during the visit of Sikh pilgrims to that country.

A group of around 1800 Sikh pilgrims travelled to Pakistan on April 12 on the occasion of Baisakhi, which marks the 320th birth anniversary of the Khalsa, to visit Sikh Shrines in Pakistan. Also, the reports are claiming that commission from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Indian citizens. Ajay Bisaria was instead, compelled to return when he was en route to Gurdwara Panja Sahib.

Well, you all should keep that in mind that Pakistan is showing his real face by these types of things.

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"India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan against this inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy, pointing out that these incidents constitute a clear violation of the Vienna Convention of 1961, the bilateral Protocol to visit Religious Shrines, 1974 and the Code of Conduct (for the treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan) of 1992, recently reaffirmed by both countries", the MEA said.

The comments put partners India and Russian Federation at variance with each other, given that New Delhi is of the view that Pakistan does little to fight terrorism and shelters and finances terrorists and insurgent groups who are anti-India. Posing as the protector of Sikh sentiments, the Pakistan foreign office said they asked the Indian high commission to stay back. He further said that the (Pakistani) Ministry of Foreign Affairs promptly processed the matter on April 13 and granted the travel permission. Considering an emotionally charged environment and the possibility of any untoward situation, the ETPB authorities contacted the Indian High Commission officials and suggested cancellation of the visit.

As part of a bilateral understanding between the two sides, Sikh pilgrims have been visiting Pakistan on important religious and cultural occasions every year.

Pakistan on Tuesday rejected as "falsehood" the Indian charge of "attempts to incite Sikh pilgrims" to raise the issue of Khalistan.