Pakistan inciting Sikh pilgrims, says India

Pakistan hits back at India over Sikh pilgrims row, calls New Delhi's move 'ironic'

India Protesting against Pakistan for blocking consular access to Sikh pilgrims

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

"Pakistan was called upon to immediately stop all such activities that were aimed at undermining India's sovereignty, territorial integrity and incitement of disharmony in India", it said.

The Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has slammed the nation's deteriorating human rights record in a report released Monday, highlighting extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances across the turbulent country. Gunmen attacked Christian worshippers April 15 as they left Sunday services in Quetta a day before the report was released, killing two and wounding five others.

16 de abril de 2018, 16:45New Delhi, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) India condemned today Pakistan " s attempts to encourage Sikh pilgrims visiting that country to raise the issue of Jalistan upon their return, said the Indian Foreign Ministry.

"The matter relating to the Protocol team's access on the arrival of the Jatha at Wagha was expeditiously resolved through the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Still, it is apparent that New Delhi is the one that gives more in humanitarian exchanges between the two countries. Pakistan had rejected the charge as baseless, and accused India of trying to "generate controversy around the visits of Sikh pilgrims and to vitiate the environment of bilateral relations".

However, Pakistan had also accused India in March of not granting permission to pilgrims to attend the annual festivities at the Shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. The MEA had called it an "inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy" by Pakistan, holding that these incidents constitute a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

Nankana Sahib is a holy city of the Sikhs.

The report pointed to a few signs of progress, including a "landmark development" in the country's largest province, Punjab, where authorities now accept marriage licenses within the Sikh community at the local level, giving the unions protection under the law. The city was named after the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak. who was born in the city.

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