The Foreign Office on Thursday dismissed Indian worries about Sikh Yatris visiting Pakistan for journey and said that they were completely encouraged during the outings.
“Pakistan gives greatest help to the Sikh Yatris from everywhere the world, including India, for visiting their strict locales in Pakistan,” FO Spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said at the week after week media preparation.
India had denied around 600 Sikhs aiming to visit Pakistan from Feb 18 to 25 for the 100th commemoration of Saka Nankana Sahib. The gathering was required to visit five gurdwaras in Pakistan.
Indian Ministry of Home Affairs had in a letter denying Sikhs consent to embrace the outing said that keeping in view the “limit of wellbeing framework in Pakistan” it couldn’t permit a particularly enormous gathering to visit the country for seven days.
The Indian home service likewise communicated worries about the “wellbeing” of the gathering on account of what it said “extensive danger”.
Mr Chaudhri reviewed that Pakistan had opened the biggest and the holiest Sikh sanctuary in Kartarpur Sahib to encourage Sikh Yatris. “The Sikh just as the worldwide local area, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who while visiting Kartarpur depicted it as ‘Hall of Hope’, have massively appreciated this milestone activity of Pakistan,” he kept up.
“The Sikh people group remains especially keen to the endeavors made by Pakistan to finish the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Project in record time and for the fantastic plans made to encourage the pioneers,” he added.
India, the representative said, ought to likewise encourage Sikh Yatris for visiting their strict locales in Pakistan.
In answer to an inquiry concerning the retraction of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s discourse to Sri Lankan parliament, Mr Chaudhri said: “The different sides are as of now chipping away at the components of the program of the executive’s visit, keeping in view the Covid-19 related wellbeing security conventions.”
His reference to “Coronavirus related wellbeing security conventions” was in itself an affirmation that the discourse is not any more occurring in light of the fact that the Sri Lankan government had utilized the appearance of the pandemic to drop it.