India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over its refusal to grant visa to 87 Indian pilgrims who wanted to visit the neighbouring country to observe the death anniversary of fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev on the occasion of Shahidi Jor Mela.
Official sources said, New Delhi expressed its concern at the disregard shown by the High Commission of Pakistan on the religious sentiments and devotion of the Indian pilgrims. The sources said, Pakistan had unilaterally granted restrictive visa by rail only to a private group of Indian pilgrims.
The External Affairs Ministry has called upon Pakistan to immediately grant visa without any restriction. The visa for the pilgrims were sought under a 1974 bilateral protocol on visit to religious shrines.