Pakistan violence: New Delhi concerned about Indian Sikh pilgrims; in touch with authorities

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, India Published: Apr 13, 2021, 03:28 PM(IST)

Shrine of Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur, Pakistan Photograph:( PTI )

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Top sources in Delhi have told WION that the Indian government is continuously monitoring the situation and is in touch with Pakistani authorities for the safety and wellbeing of its citizens

Amid increased violence in Pakistan, India is concerned about Indian Sikh pilgrims in the country for Baisakhi celebrations.

Top sources in Delhi have told WION that the Indian government is continuously monitoring the situation and is in touch with Pakistani authorities for the safety and wellbeing of its citizens.

Two people have died in Pakistan after massive protests in the backdrop of Pakistani authorities detaining Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. The TLP chief has been detained ahead of the April 20 deadline to implement the group's demands, which includes expelling of the French envoy to Pakistan and cutting diplomatic ties with France.

Currently, around 900 Indian Sikh pilgrims are in Pakistan who will go to Panja Sahib Gurdwara for Baisakhi celebrations. Due to protests in Pakistan, they were taken to a Gurdwara in Lahore. Pakistan authorities have rescheduled their visits.

Satwant Singh of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) told WION, "Security arrangements are being reviewed by the authorities..arrangements being made to facilitate the Jatha".

As per the schedule prepared earlier, they were to reach Panja Sahib on April 12 to April 14 to celebrate Baisakhi. But now authorities are rescheduling the itinerary.

The journey from Lahore to Punjab Sahib is approximately six hours by road, but the main roads are closed as of now due to the violence.

High Commission for Pakistan in India had issued over 1100 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations from 12 to 22 April.

Under the framework of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, a large number of Sikh Yatrees (pilgrims) from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals/occasions every year.

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