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Pakistan rejects Indian allegation about Sikh pilgrims

10:35 PM | 15 Apr, 2018
Pakistan rejects Indian allegation about Sikh pilgrims
ISLAMABAD - Foreign Office has rejected as baseless Indian allegation that its High Commissioner in Islamabad was prevented from meeting the visiting Sikh pilgrims.

Responding to a question regarding the Press Release issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Foreign Office, in a statement, said it is deeply regrettable that facts in this matter have been completely distorted and misrepresented.

It said the factual position is that the secretary of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) had extended an invitation to the High Commissioner of India to attend the main function of Baisakhi at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib on Saturday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promptly processed the matter on Friday and granted the travel permission.

However, in the run-up to the main function, the ETPB authorities noticed strong resentment among segments of Sikh Yatrees, gathered there from different parts of the world, protesting the release in India of some film on Baba Guru Nanak Devji.

Sikh pilgrims at the shrine of Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hasan Abdal.


The Foreign Office statement said considering an emotionally charged environment and the possibility of any untoward situation, the ETPB authorities contacted the Indian High Commission officials and suggested cancellation of the visit.

The Indian High Commission officials, after due deliberation, agreed to call off the visit in view of such a situation.

In another rebuttal, Foreign Office said the facts regarding visits of Protocol team on 12 and 14th of this month have also been twisted.

The statement said the matter relating to the Protocol team's access on the arrival of the Jatha at Wagha was expeditiously resolved through the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, the concerned officials of the Indian High Commission chose not to return, even though they were duly notified that the requisite clearance has been granted.

On 14th of this month, there was no scheduled meeting with pilgrims.

On Sunday, the officials of Indian High Commission have duly visited Gurdwara Punja Sahib.

The Foreign Office said we deeply regret this Indian attempt to generate controversy around the visits of Sikh pilgrims and to vitiate the environment of bilateral relations.

For decades, Pakistan has made excellent arrangements to facilitate visits of Sikh Yatrees from across the world, including India.

It is ironic for the government of India to accuse Pakistan of violating the 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines, whereas it is India that has, in clear violation of the Protocol, twice within this year denied visas to Pakistani pilgrims on occasions of Urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya (RA) and Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri (RA) and scuttled at least three visits of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims to Religious Shrines in Pakistan since June 2017.

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The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he believes...life is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to unseen world), Rain, and winter's Full Moon 'Jarray ki Chandani' always fascinate him too much.

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 23 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.25 for buying and 280.70 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 354.5 and selling rate is 358.35.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
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Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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