India lodges protest with Pakistan for blocking consular access to Sikh pilgrims

NEW DELHI: India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over blockading Sikh pilgrims' access to Indian diplomats and consular groups, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release lately.

"A standard practice has been that the Indian High Commission’s consular/protocol team is attached with visiting pilgrims, to perform consular and protocol duties, like helping out in medical or family emergencies. However, this year, the consular team has been denied access to Indian Sikh pilgrims," the MEA said.

Around 1,800 Sikh pilgrims from India had traveled to Pakistan final Thursday to have fun Baisakhi festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Rawalpindi district. However, Pakistani authorities have many times blocked the Indian High Commission from appearing fundamental consular and protocol tasks for Indian electorate.

"The team could not meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meeting with pilgrims there," the MEA said.

The observation additionally detailed a snub to the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, who was once became away whilst on his way to meet the pilgrims on the shrine at the grounds of safety considerations.

"Moreover, on April 14, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, who was to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), was suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified ‘security’ reasons," it mentioned.

Terming the denial of access to its electorate an "inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy", India reminded Pakistan that it was once violating the Vienna Convention of 1961, the bilateral Protocol to talk over with Religious Shrines, 1974 and the diplomatic Code of Conduct, which were recently reaffirmed via each nations.

This is the newest incident of diplomatic hostility between India and Pakistan, quickly after the two international locations agreed to mutually resolve complaints of harassment of envoys.

The pilgrims are scheduled to go back to India on April 21.

During their 10-day keep, they're going to additionally talk over with Sikh holy places together with Gurudwara Janamesthan Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib in Lahore.
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