India protests against harassment of high commission officials in Pakistan

India protests against harassment of high commission officials in Pakistan

India protests against harassment of high commission officials in Pakistan

"We have shared our grave concern that this is the third consecutive visit of the Indian Sikh pilgrims when Pakistan has prevented the Indian High Commission officials from meeting the visiting Indian nationals on the pretext of security in order to deflect attention from Pakistan's violation of the global legal instruments and conventions like the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963".

On Thursday, the Cabinet approved the development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak village in Gurdaspur to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan.

Under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines, 1974, both nations have to allow these religious pilgrimages to be carried out every year.

The over 3800 visas issued by the Pakistan High Commission are in addition to the visas issued to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries. But Indian diplomats in Pakistan have been barred from entering gurudwaras in Pakistan citing security concerns, a couple of times in the past as well.

Mr. Chaudhry in his tweet said: "Indian Cabinet endorsement of Pakistan's proposition on #KartarPurBorderOpening is victory of peace lobby in both countries, it's a step towards right direction and we hope such steps ll encourage voice of reasons and tranquility on both sides of the border".

Intelligence sources have also said that this issue has seen support and backing of the establishment in Pakistan. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.

On Thursday, India announced that it will start construction of the Kartarpur corridor up to the worldwide border.

Pakistan, on its part, too has made a decision to begin building the Kartarpur corridor later this month, with Prime Minister Imran Khan likely to lay the foundation stone of the project.

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

As Pakistan barred Indian High Commission officials to meet the sikh pilgr5ims visiting Pakistan, India keeping up with its legacy of goodwill allowed Pakistan's high commissioner Sohal Mahmood to travel to "Sirhind Sharif" to partake in the chaddar laying ceremony.

After his return, Sidhu said that Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had told him that Pakistan may open a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib.

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