New Delhi, June 23: Despite having the requisite permission, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria was not allowed to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan’s Hasan Abdal on Saturday.
Bisaria along with his wife, had gone to offer prayers at the gurdwara after acquiring proper documents, but they were reportedly stopped to leave their vehicle.
Earlier in April also Pakistani authorities had prevented Indian High Commission officials from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Sikh pilgrims who had arrived in Pakistan from India on the occasion of Baisakhi.
On the related note, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement, “The team could not meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meeting with pilgrims there. The High Commission was thus prevented from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Indian citizens”.
On April 14, High Commissioner Bisaria, who was scheduled to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman, was suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified “security” reasons.
Bisaria was compelled to return without meeting the visiting group.