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192 pilgrims denied visa by India for Nizamuddin’s Urs, says Pakistan Foreign Office

The visit was to take place under the provisions of the 1974 Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines and is an annual feature.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: December 30, 2017 3:58 pm
Pakistan says India denied the visa to its citizen for the religious visit in the country. (Representational)

Pakistan on Saturday claimed that India has denied visas to nearly 200 pilgrims who wanted to visit the country to participate in the death anniversary ceremony of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that “Pakistan regrets the last minute postponement and non-issuance of visas by India” for the visit of 192 devotees to participate in the Urs ceremony (death anniversary) in New Delhi from January 1-8. “As a result of this Indian decision, the Pakistani Zaireen (devotees) would be deprived of the opportunity to participate in the Urs, which is of special significance,” the statement said.

The visit was to take place under the provisions of the 1974 Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines and is an annual feature. “This is unfortunate and runs counter to the letter and spirit of the 1974 Protocol and objective of people-to-people contacts,” it said

The statement said that besides being violative of the bilateral Protocol, and the basic human right to religious freedom, such measures also undermined the efforts aimed at improving the environment, increasing people-to-people contacts and normalising relations between the two countries. “It is ironic that this was done on the occasion of Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya who was a symbol of bringing communities closer to each other,” the FO added

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  1. Pax Iustitia
    Dec 31, 2017 at 1:22 am
    Bhagavadgita: "A gift that is given without any expectation of appreciation or reward is beneficial to both the giver and the recipient." A request to visit Hazrath Nizamuddin should be granted to these pilgrims. Due security precautions should be taken as dargas are potential terrorist targets one sees this all the time in Pakistan. They have been granting visas to Sanatanis and Sikhs for pilgrimages to Pakistan during this period of turmoil. Let us not rock this boat. We will fight the war where it should be with tact and courage.
    1. Soemeer Prahladsingh
      Dec 30, 2017 at 5:28 pm
      Those 192 people are spies. No VISA is a good thing. Let them stay away. They are idlers who come to sniff the ISI and the Chinese, for the few pennies of ISI and the Sunnis. The Sunni Terrorists can stay away for good.
      1. Nilesh Jain
        Dec 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm
        The color changing snake is still here ? Pakistan should realize for that color changing snake, who kills his people for profits, why is he provoking communal tension. Educated muslims, should realize, what is this color changing snake is upto.
        1. Satish Madhekar
          Dec 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm
          Good that India has stopped 200 terrorists from entering India.
          1. Man Psh
            Dec 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm
            Good, polytheist practices like these should be curtailed. Good of India. To those "pilgrims," I say, reject such practices and repent to the One and only.
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