India lodges protest with Pakistan over alleged harassment of High Commission officials, denial of access to Sikh pilgrims

The MEA said consular officials of the Indian High Commission were 'harassed and denied access' to meet pilgrims at Pakistan's Gurudwara Nankana Sahib and Gurudwara Sacha Sauda on 21 and 22 November.

Press Trust of India November 23, 2018 13:43:41 IST
India lodges protest with Pakistan over alleged harassment of High Commission officials, denial of access to Sikh pilgrims

New Delhi: India Friday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad and the denial of access to Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting that country.

India lodges protest with Pakistan over alleged harassment of High Commission officials denial of access to Sikh pilgrims

Representational image. Reuters

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said consular officials of the Indian High Commission were "harassed and denied access" to meet Indian pilgrims at Gurudwara Nankana Sahib and Gurudwara Sacha Sauda on 21 and 22 November. It said the access was denied despite the Pakistan Foreign Ministry granting them prior travel permission.

In a statement, the MEA said India has also expressed grave concern at the reports of attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the Indian pilgrims to Pakistan, "to incite communal disharmony and intolerance and promote secessionist tendencies with the objective of undermining India's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

There were reports that pro-Khalistani banners were shown to the Indian pilgrims in Pakistan.

It said Pakistan has been called upon to take all measures to not allow its territory to be used for any "hostile propaganda" and support for "secessionist tendencies" against India.

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

PSL: PCB gives permission for 50 percent crowd capacity for remaining games in Karachi
First Cricket News

PSL: PCB gives permission for 50 percent crowd capacity for remaining games in Karachi

PCB's decision meant that around 19,000 fans could go to the National Stadium to see the country’s premier Twenty20 cricket league.

Umar Akmal says he did not report spot-fixing approach as it would not remain confidential
First Cricket News

Umar Akmal says he did not report spot-fixing approach as it would not remain confidential

Umar Akmal was initially banned for three years from all cricket activities last year for not reporting approaches made to him for spot-fixing in PSL. The Court of Arbitration for Sports has reduced the ban to 12 months.

Shahid Afridi expresses displeasure after umpire refuses to take cap during PSL match
Sports

Shahid Afridi expresses displeasure after umpire refuses to take cap during PSL match

The former Pakistan captain, who is playing for Multan Sultans in the ongoing Pakistan Super League here, was not happy on Tuesday night when, during their match against Peshawar Zalmi, the umpires refused to take his cap when he came on to bowl.