Pakistan protest with India over denial of visa to 500 pilgrims

This is the fourth time that visas have been denied to Pakistani pilgrims in the last one year.


Kamran Yousaf May 02, 2014
The visits to religious shrines in Pakistan and India are governed under the Bilateral Protocol on Visits to the Religious Shrines, 1974. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to lodge a protest over the denial of visas to its nationals intending to travel to the neighboring country for the annual Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer Sharif.

According to the foreign ministry statement, the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gopal Bag was summoned to the foreign office and a strong protest was lodged over denial of visas to 500 pilgrims.

“The visits to religious shrines in Pakistan and India are governed under the Bilateral Protocol on Visits to the Religious Shrines, 1974,” said the statement.

The foreign office spokesperson said Pakistan conveyed its deep disappointment and concern over the denial of visas by the Indian government.

“This is the fourth time that visas have been denied to Pakistani pilgrims in the last one year. This is not only against the bilateral agreement, but also runs contrary to the efforts towards normalizing ties between the two countries and the spirit of people-to-people contacts,” spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.



Meanwhile, the Gaddi Nasheen of Ajmer Sharif Syed Salman Chishty lamented politics being carried out over the Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti.

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COMMENTS (26)

Patriot.N | 7 years ago | Reply

@Rudra: This is a classic case of rich becoming richer and poor getting poorer. In Mumbai everyone travels by old train system, these metro trains are used by few thousands and are show-off projects and a recipe for more corruption by the government. Never heard of billions upon billions of corruption in 2G and 3G auction in coal buying, in power sector?. There is no doubt economic progress but it is not holistic and widespread. Only big multi nationals and Ambanis, Mittals, and the likes of them have looted India with the connivance of the ruling elites. Take the example of the Mukesh Ambani's 1 billion USD home(now worth more) in Mumbai overlooking the slums of the city which houses an astonishing 62% of Mumbai population.

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madhu | 7 years ago | Reply

dear Editor- i think pakistan and india are 100% right in reducing/refusing visas to each other"s nationals- let us be frank- pakistan is not at all a safe place for indians to travel to for any purpose- and the same goes for india- it is not the best place for pakistanis- in fact if saner elements are to decide the course of events- i would request both the indian and pakistani authorities to refuse visas for any of their nationals from travelleing to each other"s countries for the next 10 years at least - regards-

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