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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 2:04 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 10:09 AM (IST)

India accuses Pakistan of inciting Sikh pilgrims

India accuses Pakistan of inciting Sikh pilgrims
Sikh pilgrims march during the Baisakhi festival, at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, 50 km from Islamabad, on April 14. AP/PTI file

New Delhi, April 16

The fresh spat between Delhi and Islamabad over Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan for Baisakhi celebrations has become more bitter. India on Monday summoned the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner to lodge a strong protest against reported attempts being made during the ongoing visit  to raise the issue of Khalistan.

  The Ministry of External Affairs accused Pakistan of making inflammatory statements and displaying posters at various places and shrines where the pilgrims are visiting from April 12 to 21. 

“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,” said the MEA.

Of the nearly 20,000 Sikh pilgrims from across the globe, nearly 2,100 from India have been issued visas  to visit holy sites. — TNS

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