India Condemns Pakistan's Attempt to Use Pilgrims

Pakistani media delegation to visit China from Monday

Photographic evidence has emerged that Pakistan based terror-outfits Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) are backing Sikh militants with an aim to malign India, as LeT's chief Hafiz Saeed is seen with Sikh militant leader Gopal Singh Chawla in Lahore. In its protest to the Pakistan foreign ministry, India alleged Pakistan for not following the code of conduct of 1992, which was recently reaffirmed by both the nations.

The embassy officials went to meet the Indian pilgrims as a standard practice to help them out with consular duties and emergencies.

The Ministry of External affairs said in a statement on Monday, "The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned today and a strong protest was lodged at attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the Sikh pilgrims from India to Pakistan to raise the issue of "Khalistan" by making inflammatory statements and displaying posters at various places of pilgrims visit in Pakistan". These photographs were shared with Pakistan's deputy High Commissioner.

"We are considering India's request to develop a corridor between the two religious sites", he said while talking to HT.

"The matter relating to the Protocol team's access on the arrival of the Jatha at Wagha was expeditiously resolved through the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs".

Islamabad however accused New Delhi of impairing environment of bilateral relations between the two countries. The statement notes that the actions that occurred during the visit by the Indian pilgrims are contrary to the 1974 bilateral Protocol, which serves as a guideline for the exchange of these kinds of visits between the two countries. A group of around 1800 Sikh pilgrims travelled to Pakistan on April 12 on the occasion of Baisakhi to visit Sikh Shrines in Pakistan. It said that the Evacuee Trust Property Board had advised the Indian High Commission against attending Baisakhi celebrations at Gurdwara Panja Sahib because it had "noticed strong resentment among segments of Sikh yatris.protesting the release in India of some film on Baba Guru Nanak Devji". It is the capital of the Nankana Sahib district in Pakistan's Punjab province. The MEA had called it an "inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy" by Pakistan, holding that these incidents constitute a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations. The city was named after the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak. who was born in the city.



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