Security reasons: Pakistan cancels visit of India-bound zaireen

Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the trips scheduled for late August have been cancelled due to security reasons.

Web Desk August 13, 2013
Pakistan had issued a travel warning in May as 600 Pakistani pilgrims were scheduled to visit Ajmer Sharif. Pakistan cancelled an August trip of Zaireen PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conveyed that the visit of Pakistani Zaireen to participate in the Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusro (RA) in Delhi, India has been cancelled.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs read that the visit, scheduled for August 22 to 29, 2013, had been cancelled due to security reasons.

“All the zaireen are, therefore, requested not to move for Lahore as earlier requested by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony.”

The decision comes after tensions between Pakistan and India flared in the past two weeks following a number of incidents along the Line of Control. This saw the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi being stormed by protesters.

The ministry had also issued a travel warning for zaireen wishing to travel to Ajmer, Inida for the Urs earlier in the year due to security reasons.


Malik Asim | 10 years ago | Reply

On one hand drone strikes kill innocent pakistaniez and Government don't even bother. On the other hand so much attitude just over exchange of fire and few casualties. Perfect time to flourish the political agenda. When we become honest to our people I ask.

Plaintalk | 10 years ago | Reply

Pakistan has a Ministry of Inter Faith Harmony? Given how few minorities there are, this ministry should be abolished and replaced with a Ministry of Intra Faith Harmony.

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