Wednesday , January 27 2021

Indian diplomats humiliated, denied the opportunity to meet with pilgrims of Indian Sikhs in Pakistan

At a time when India and Pakistan showed positive signs in the construction of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Indian diplomats in Pakistan were reportedly humiliated and denied the opportunity to enter Gurdwara Nankana Sahib on Wednesday evening. The same was repeated today in Gurdwar Sacce Saud. Both Gurdwaras are located in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

Sources said officials were not allowed to meet with the pilgrims of the Indian Sikhs in these gurdwaras. They stated that Indian officials were not only banned, but also “humiliated” by Pakistani security officials. “They also spoke very rude and cruel language,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, security concerns for India continue with pro-Khalistan posters seen on Sikh pilgrimage sites throughout Pakistan.

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India Today’s television has gained access to photographs of the anti-Indian separatist movement supporting the Khalistan case in the premises of Gurudwara, in particular Nankana Sahib, who was decorated for the occasion.

Within the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, both countries must annually conduct these religious pilgrimages. Therefore, this year 144 Pakistani zaireena (Muslim pilgrims) visit Sirind in India for the annual celebrations of Urs and worship in the temple of Sheikh Faruki Sirindi (Mujaddid Alf Sani)

On the Indian side, pilgrims from the other side of the border were accompanied by diplomats from the Pakistan mission in New Delhi, including Pakistan's High Commissioner Sohail Mahmoud. But Indian diplomats in Pakistan were barred from entering Gurudwaras in Pakistan, citing security concerns a couple of times in the past.

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Sources said that the most important reason why Indian diplomats were not admitted to these gurudwaras was that they were endowed with anti-Indian posters. In addition, some people in Pakistan have reportedly been using this opportunity to “indoctrinate” Indian pilgrims in favor of the Khalistan movement.

Intelligence sources also said that this issue demonstrates support for and support for the creation of Pakistan.

On Thursday, India announced that it would begin construction of the Kartarpur corridor to the international border. The corridor will begin with Dera Baba Nanak in the Gurdaspur region of Punjab and end at the international border, on the Indian side. The government said it would ask Pakistan to build a similar corridor on its land to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

A corridor is being built to facilitate the visit by Indian pilgrims to St. Gurdwar Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak has spent the last 18 years.

The Kartarpur Corridor will be built as a comprehensive development project with funding from the Government of India.

Pakistan, for its part, also decided to begin construction of the Kartarpur corridor at the end of this month, and Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to lay the foundation of the project.

According to officials, until the date of construction has been set, the government of Pakistan wants the announcement to coincide with the arrival of Sikh pilgrims, who are currently in the country, to observe the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith.

About 3,800 Indian Sikh pilgrims were granted visas to Pakistan to visit Gurudur Nankan Sahib to attend the 549th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan from November 21 to 30.

In a statement issued by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi: “This is by far the largest number of visas issued in recent years to Sikh pilgrims to celebrate the anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, far exceeding the maximum number of 3000, mutually agreed between the two countries ".

Pakistani High Commissioner Sohail Mahmoud said it was a “special gesture” by the government in connection with the celebration of the 550th anniversary of Bab Guru Nanak, which began this year.

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