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India protests with Pakistan over harassment of two of its diplomats

  • India has conveyed concerns over the security of its High Commission in Islamabad
  • New Delhi has asked Islamabad to ensure such incidents do not recur

New Delhi: India has lodged a protest with Pakistan over the harassment of two of its diplomats by Pakistani intelligence personnel last month. New Delhi has asked Islamabad to ensure such incidents do not recur, two people familiar with the developments said on Sunday.

The Indian government has also conveyed concerns over the security of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, one of the two people cited above said.

The incident of harassment of the two Indian diplomats took place on 17 April, the person said adding the two were locked up in a room for over 20 minutes at Gurdwara Sacha Sauda near Lahore. The Indian diplomats were at the gurdwara to help visiting Indian pilgrims were threatened and asked never come to the area again. Besides being locked up in a room, a group of Pakistani intelligence officials numbering about 15, also searched their bags, a second person cited above said.

Indian Sikh pilgrims routinely visit Pakistan given that a large number of Sikh shrines are scattered in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The two countries are currently engaged in discussions to facilitate the travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in Narowal district in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The Kartarpur Corridor is expected to open in time to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, in November.

Indian Sikh pilgrims have been asking for the opening of the corridor for decades, given that the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara is the place where Guru Nanak spent the last years of his life.

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