India bars Sikh pilgrims to visit Pakistan at the eleventh hour

Sikh yatrees stage protest at Attari border and chant slogans against Indian authorities as they were also issued visa

Asif Mehmood June 14, 2019
Special train arranged by Islamabad for Sikh pilgrims were not not allowed to enter Indian. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Indian government on Friday barred Sikh pilgrims at the eleventh hour from visiting Pakistan to attend the death anniversary of their religious leader Guru Arjan Dev Jee (Jor Mela).

Special train arranged by Pakistani authorities had to leave from Wagah Railway Station to Attari, which is situated in India, to bring Sikh pilgrims but the train was not given clearance by New Delhi.

Speaking at Wagah station, Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) Pardhan Sardar Tara Singh criticised the move, saying that the Modi government should not play politics over the religious matters.

He added that Sikh pilgrims come here every year to perform the religious rituals and lamented that despite having the visa, the pilgrims were not allowed to visit Pakistan.

Sikh pilgrims to reach Lahore today

All arrangements had been finalised by the government of Pakistan and the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) for Sikh Yatrees but New Delhi stopped the pilgrim at Attari Railway Station, Tara Singh said. "We strongly condemned the act of the Indian government."

According to details, pilgrims staged protest at Attari border and chanted slogans against the Indian authorities.

Sikh pilgrims stage the protest demo. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Moreover, the Pakistan government had made foolproof security arrangements besides provision of immigration, customs, bank and medical facilities at Wagah to provide help to the pilgrims.

Official sources said that the ETPB had made the best arrangements including accommodation, transport and food for Sikh yatrees besides foolproof security.


Bunny Rabbit | 2 years ago | Reply But why ? what threats will pilgrims pose ?
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