On Saturday, Ajay Bisaria, India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, was stopped from visiting the Gurdwara Panja Sahib near Islamabad, although he had the requisite permission to visit. He was also supposed to meet Sikh pilgrims at the Gurudwara.
Bisara and his wife had to return to Islamabad despite having obtained all necessary permissions for the visit to the Gurudwara in advance, Indian officials said. India has taken up the issue with Pakistan’s foreign ministry.
In April Bisaria has been stopped from visiting the gurdwara after the authorities cited “security concerns.”
According to Indian officials, Pakistan prevents such meetings to allow its agencies to brainwash pilgrims into supporting the Khalistan movement.
Yesterday Pakistan had said that they have issued visas to over 300 Sikh pilgrims from India to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore from 21-30 June 2018.