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India summons Pak's Deputy HC; protests raising of Khalistan issue during visit of Sikh pilgrims

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today summoned Pakistan's here and lodged a strong protest over attempts being made to raise the Khalistan issue during the visit of pilgrims to that country.

In a statement, the said was called upon to immediately stop all such activities that were aimed at undermining India's sovereignty, territorial integrity and incitement of disharmony in

"A strong protest was lodged at attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the pilgrims from to to raise the issue of 'Khalistan' by making and displaying posters at various places of pilgrims visit in Pakistan," the ministry said.

It was conveyed that such repeated attempts by authorities and entities in to extend support to secessionist movements in India amount to interference in its internal affairs, the MEA said.

It also said such incidents during the visit of Indian pilgrims went against the spirit of the of 1974 governing the exchange of visits of pilgrims between the two countries.

The summoning of Pakistan's came a day after India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over blocking of access of visiting pilgrims to Indian diplomats in that country and even "compelling" the Indian to return while on way to a prominent gurudwara there.

The MEA had yesterday said a group of around 1,800 Sikh pilgrims are on a visit to Pakistan from April 12 under a bilateral agreement on facilitating visits to religious shrines.

It had said the Indian High Commissioner, who was to greet Indian pilgrims on the occasion of Baisakhi, was compelled to return when he was en route to Gurdwara Panja Sahib.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:15 IST