Pakistan not allowing Indian diplomats to meet Sikh pilgrims, Foreign Ministry protested
A group of 1800 Sikh devotees went on a 10-day religious journey in Pakistan.
Indian diplomats and embassy officials in Pakistan were barred from meeting the Sikh pilgrims. The Indian Foreign Ministry has registered a strong protest against this. The Ministry said that the standard process is that the consular and protocol teams of the Indian High Commission are attached to the team which is going to Pakistan. Through this, the team is assisted in embassy and protocol related work. It involves helping people during medical and family emergency.
1800 Sikh pilgrims go on a 10-day Pak visit
– The Foreign Ministry said that on April 12, the batch of 1800 Sikh devotees went to Pakistan for religious pilgrimage under bilateral agreements. These people went to celebrate Baisakhi in Gurudwara Punjab Sahib, located in Rawalpindi. When the team reached Wagah station on 12th April, the team of Indian diplomats was not allowed to meet them.
– These pilgrims will return to India on April 21. These people will visit the Sikh places of worship during their 10-day visit to Pakistan. These include Gurudwara birthplace Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib.
Indian High Commissioner returned in the middle
– The Ministry said, “Another meeting of the team along with the team was to be held in Gurudwara Punjab Sahib on April 14. Even here the team was not allowed to meet the group, India High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria in Pakistan was going to Gurdwara. He was going on the call of ETPB Chairman, but on the way he was returned due to security reasons. ”
India said – violation of these agreements
– The Ministry has explained this behavior of Pakistan Government beyond understanding and said that it is diplomatic ablution. India said that Pakistan is violating the agreement of travel agreement on Vienna agreements and religious places.
– Let us know that both the countries had recently committed to overcome the difficulties of the representatives.