ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has condemned Indian government’s move of restricting Sikh pilgrims from attending the Jorr Mela festival in Pakistan.
“India has no respect for human values,” the statement from the foreign office said referring to the refusal to send pilgrims to Pakistan.
Contrary to Indian government’s traits, Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had issues visas to Sikh pilgrims. Despite this, several Sikh pilgrims couldn’t enter the country after Indian authorities stopped them at Attari Railway Station on “technical grounds”.
The pilgrims wanted to participate in the 10-day Jorr Mela held to mark the martyrdom of Arjun Dev Jee, starting from June 9 in Hasan Abdal and other parts of Punjab.
Addressing the issue on Monday, the spokesperson for the Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria said: “Minorities are continuously mistreated in India.”
“India also has a ban on visas for Pakistanis seeking medical treatment in India,” Zakaria noted.