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74 Pakistani pilgrims denied visas

The pilgrims wanted to attend an annual gathering at Hafiz Abdullah Shah shrine near Agra from January 11-18.

India has denied visas to 74 Pakistani pilgrims to visit a shrine near Agra, citing “procedural issues”. “These pilgrims belonging to various parts of Pakistan have expressed resentment on rejection of their visas,” Press Attache in Pakistan High Commission Manzoor Ali Memon said.

He said the pilgrims wanted to attend an annual gathering at Hafiz Abdullah Shah shrine near Agra from January 11-18.

“This is inconsistent with the 1974 pilgrim protocol between the two countries. Pakistan has been issuing visas to Indian pilgrims in accordance with the protocol,” Memon said.

MEA said the applications were rejected owing to “procedural issues”.