India strongly protests after diplomats harassed

The Indian government today strongly protested with Pakistan over the ‘harassment’ of High Commission officials in Islamabad and denial of access to Indian pilgrims.  High Commission of India in Islamabad’s Consular officials were harassed and denied access to Indian pilgrims at Gurudwara Nankana Sahib and Gurudwara Sacha Sauda on November 21 and 22 November.

“We have also expressed grave concern at reports of attempts being made during the ongoing visit of Indian pilgrims to Pakistan, to incite communal disharmony & intolerance & promote secessionist tendencies with the objective of undermining India’s sovereignty & territorial integrity,” said MEA.

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials masquerading as Sikhs stopped the entry of Indian diplomats from Islamabad led by Ranjit Singh (in black Band Gala Suite) and Sunil Kumar. They were also insulted outside the holy place.

In a video, the Indian diplomat, who himself is a Sikh was found saying, “There are many gurudwaras in India and other parts of the world, but there are no restrictions on anywhere. We have witnessed this for the first time that someone is being stopped from entering Guru’s House. This is a violation of sanctity of Gurudwara.”

The MEA also said that as a result of such harassment, the officials were compelled to return to Islamabad without performing their diplomatic and consular duties vis-a-vis Indian pilgrims.

“Pakistan has been called upon to take all measures to not allow its territory to be used for any hostile propaganda and support for secessionist tendencies against India in keeping with the commitments made under the Simla Agreement, 1972 and endorsed in the Lahore Declaration, 1999,” said Ministry of External Affairs.

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