Pak pre­vents con­sular ac­cess to Sikh pil­grims; In­dia protests

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In­dia lodged a strong protest with Pakistan on Sun­day over block­ing of ac­cess of vis­it­ing Sikh pil­grims to In­dian diplo­mats in that coun­try and even “com­pelling” the In­dian en­voy to re­turn while on the way to a prom­i­nent gur­d­wara there.

The Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs (MEA) said a group of around 1,800 Sikh pil­grims are on a visit to Pakistan from April 12 un­der a bi­lat­eral agree­ment on fa­cil­i­tat­ing vis­its to re­li­gious shrines.

In a state­ment, the MEA also said the In­dian High Com­mis­sioner, who was to greet In­dian pil­grims on the oc­ca­sion of ‘Baisakhi’ – a his­tor­i­cal and re­li­gious fes­ti­val in Sikhism – was com­pelled to re­turn when he was en route to Gur­d­wara Panja Sahib on Satur­day.

The MEA called it an “in­ex­pli­ca­ble diplo­matic dis­cour­tesy” by Pakistan, hold­ing that these in­ci­dents con­sti­tute a clear vi­o­la­tion of the Vi­enna Con­ven­tion on diplo­matic re­la­tions.

“In­dia has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over a block of ac­cess for vis­it­ing pil­grims to In­dian diplo­mats and con­sular teams,” it said in a state­ment.

The fresh in­ci­dents came, over two weeks af­ter In­dia and Pakistan agreed to re­solve mat­ters re­lated to the treat­ment of diplo­mats af­ter en­voys of the two coun­tries made claims and counter-claims about ha­rass­ment of each other’s diplo­mats.

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