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Pak rejects allegations of inciting Indian Sikh pilgrims Khalistan issue

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today rejected Indian allegations of "attempts to incite Indian pilgrims" on the issue of 'Khalistan.'

yesterday summoned Pakistan's in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest over attempts to raise the Khalistan issue during the visit of Sikh pilgrims to that country, while asking to immediately cease all such activities aimed at undermining India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Reacting to New Delhi's action, (FO) said, "By spreading such falsehoods, has chosen to deliberately stoke further controversy around the visit of Sikh pilgrims, currently attending the and Khalsa Janamdin ceremonies in "

It said welcomes Hindu and Sikh pilgrims from all over the world, including

Pakistan has made arrangements to extend maximum facilitation to the visiting Sikh pilgrims during their visits to sacred places in Pakistan, the FO said.

It said the Sikh community has been protesting against the for screening a controversial movie in India, which hurts their religious sentiments.

"These protests had started in India and other parts of the world before the Sikh Yatrees arrived in Pakistan," the FO said.

In view of the charged situation and the explicit refusal of the Sikh Yatrees to meet Indian officials, the Indian High cancelled his visit on April 14, 2018, the FO said.

"Indian attempts to distort the truth and obfuscate facts are unethical and regrettable," it said.

"No amount of Indian propaganda could succeed in turning this right into a wrong," it claimed.

India should respect the 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, the FO said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:25 IST