New Delhi: Pakistan refused permission to the officials of the Indian High Commission to visit the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Some Sikh pilgrims were visiting these places, and Pakistan denied the Indian diplomats to meet these pilgrims. India has strongly protested against this at the political level. Similarly, India has also taken a serious note of the banners of an independent Khalistan being displayed in Kartarpur in Pakistan and has reprimanded Pakistan about it.
The decision to develop the Gurdaspur to Kartarpur corridor has been taken to facilitate pilgrims visiting Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. This decision was made in the meeting of the central cabinet. Pakistan had welcomed this decision and had said that the Sikh pilgrims would be welcomed in the country. While these claims were being made, it was revealed that the Khalistani separatists had put up anti-India posters at Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Pakistan’s hand behind this inciting action is evident. Following this, Pakistan refused permission to the Indian diplomats to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda.
The officials of the Pakistani agencies ordered the Indian officials to leave the area. The Indian officials could not get permission to meet the Indian pilgrims visiting there. The excuse given was that the sentiments of the Sikhs had been hurt due to a movie released in India and hence the officials would be at risk if they visited the area. The permission was refused to the Indian officials under this pretext. Pakistan had disallowed the Indian officials to visit this area, even in June.
India has quizzed Pakistan at the diplomatic level. The Pakistani officials are permitted to meet the Pakistani citizens visiting their holy places in India. India pointed out that Pakistan was not following this political protocol.
India has protested against Pakistan, accusing it of denying the right of the Indian officials to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. India has also accused Pakistan of deliberately trying to create a religious divide. At the same time, India has expressed concern that Pakistan allowed posters of independent Khalistan to be displayed in Kartarpur. Pakistan has accepted to refrain from carrying out any anti-India activities as per the terms of the 1971 Shimla and 1999 Lahore agreements. India has reminded that it is binding on Pakistan to abide by the provisions of these agreements.