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India protests as Pak blocks Sikh pilgrims

DNMUM412227 | 4/16/2018 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :536 | India



New Delhi: India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the blocking of Sikh pilgrims’ access to Indian diplomats and consular teams, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release on Sunday. The standoff between India and Pakistan was once again on full display, with both countries charging each other for showing ‘diplomatic discourtesy’.
India lodged a strong protest as Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria was prevented from meeting the pilgrims, Pakistan countered, saying the meeting was called off with “mutual understanding” and Indian diplomats despite clearances didn’t show up at the Wagah border.
A jatha of around 1,800 Sikh pilgrims is in Pakistan from April 12. A standard practice has been
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