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Pakistan says India's charge of inciting Sikh pilgrims wrong

IANS  |  Islamabad 

on Tuesday rejected as "falsehood" the Indian charge of "attempts to incite pilgrims" to raise the issue of Khalistan.

"categorically rejected Indian allegations" in a series of tweets, a day after summoned Pakistan's Deputy and lodged a strong protest over attempts being made to raise the Khalistan issue during the visit of pilgrims to that country.

"By spreading such falsehoods, stokes the controversy regarding visit of pilgrims, attending the and Khalsa ceremonies in Pakistan," tweeted Faisal.

He said: "welcomes Hindu and Sikh pilgrims from all over the world, including has made arrangements to extend maximum facilitation to the visiting Sikh pilgrims during their visits to sacred places in Pakistan."

According to the Indian External Affairs Ministry, around 1,800 Sikh pilgrims have been travelling to Pakistan from April 12 under a bilateral agreement on facilitating visits to religious shrines.

India, on Sunday, protested to the Pakistan that visiting Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan were not allowed to meet the Indian and other Indian diplomats. MEA said Indian diplomats were forced to turn back when they went to meet the pilgrims at the Punja Sahib gurudwara.

India called it "inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy", pointing out that this amounted to a "clear violation of the Vienna Convention of 1961, the to visit Religious Shrines, 1974 and the Code of Conduct (for the treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan) of 1992".

Faisal tweeted that Pakistn "remain committed to continuing such cooperation, which is in line with our religious ethos, traditions of hospitality, and provisions of the on Visits to Religious Shrines. No amount of Indian propaganda could succeed in turning this right into a wrong," tweeted Faisal.

He further said that India "should respect international and inter-state norms, respect all religions, especially minorities, and refrain from indulging in pointless provocation which only vitiates an already charged environment to the detriment of all".



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 16:34 IST