India accuses Pakistan of inciting Sikh pilgrims
New Delhi, April 16
The fresh spat between Delhi and Islamabad over Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan for Baisakhi celebrations has become more bitter. India on Monday summoned the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner to lodge a strong protest against reported attempts being made during the ongoing visit to raise the issue of Khalistan. The Ministry of External Affairs accused Pakistan of making inflammatory statements and displaying posters at various places and shrines where the pilgrims are visiting from April 12 to 21. “Pakistan was called upon to immediately stop all such activities that were aimed at undermining India’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and incitement of disharmony in India,” said the MEA.Of the nearly 20,000 Sikh pilgrims from across the globe, nearly 2,100 from India have been issued visas to visit holy sites.