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.

Representational image. Reuters

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.

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Updated Date: Nov 23, 2018 13:43:41 IST

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