ISLAMABAD, Feb 03 ( Alliance News): Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that it seemed the Indian government has refused to issue timely visas to Pakistani pilgrims awaiting departure on Ajmer Sharif Urs.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that the Indian embassy asked us to be ready for departure on Urs but refused to issue visas on time as in the past.
He said that Pakistani pilgrims followed all the instructions of Indian government to visit the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Ajmer Chishti.
He said that India had hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims who wanted to visit the holy shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti.
The Minister for Religious Affairs announced that the mistreatment and treatment of Pakistani visitors would be taken up with India at the Foreign Ministry level.
He said that Pakistan had always issued visas to Indian Hindu and Sikh pilgrims for the promotion of inter-faith harmony, adding that India had violated the pilgrimage protocol between the two countries on the pretext of Corona.
The Federal Minister further said that in the last two years, Pakistan had issued visas to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims out of respect for religious harmony and tolerance, despite strict restrictions, while those coming to Lahore from far flung areas due to negligence and laxity of Indian Embassy. Hundreds of visitors suffered mental anguish.