In­dia lodges protest over Khal­is­tan is­sue

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TIMES New Delhi: In­dia and Pak­istan are back to snip­ing at each other with the MEA on Mon­day sum­mon­ing the deputy high com­mis­sioner of Pak­istan to lodge a protest against at­tempts by Islamabad to raise the “Khal­is­tan” is­sue while Sikh pil­grims are vis­it­ing the coun­try.

MEA said “in­flam­ma­tory state­ments” and posters have been seen at var­i­ous places where the pil­grims vis­ited.

This comes a day af­ter the MEA al­leged that Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties had pre­vented the Sikh pil­grims vis­it­ing Punja Sahib gu­rud­wara from meet­ing the In­dian en­voy, who was pre­vented from go­ing there.

In a state­ment, the sec­ond in as many days, the MEA said, “Pak­istan was called upon to im­me­di­ately stop all such ac­tiv­i­ties that were aimed at un­der­min­ing In­dia’s sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and in­cite­ment of dishar­mony in In­dia.”

MEA said the govern­ment told the diplo­mat that “such re­peated at­tempts by au­thor­i­ties and en­ti­ties in Pak­istan to ex­tend sup­port to se­ces­sion­ist move­ments in In­dia amount to in­ter­fer­ence in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of In­dia”.

Pak­istan re­futed In­dia’s al­le­ga­tions on Sun­day, but is yet to com­ment on Mon­day’s de­vel­op­ments.

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