Punjab

CAPT AMARINDER CONDEMNS PAK’S OUTRAGEOUS ACT OF DENYING ENTRY INTO GURDWARA TO INDIAN ENVOY

June 23, 2018 09:33 PM

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Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has strongly condemned Islamabad’s outrageous act of refusing to allow India's High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria to enter Gurdwara Panja Sahib despite having the requisite permission from the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Terming it a shocking reflection of Islamabad’s blind and senseless animosity against New Delhi, the Chief Minister said by bringing religion into its political game-plan, Pakistan had stooped to a new low in its relations with India, besides exposing its utter disdain for international and diplomatic conventions.

The Chief Minister, who also tweeted his angst against Pakistan’s cheap and unholy act, said Islamabad had no right to prevent the Indian official from entering the Gurdwara, which was a religious place open to everyone and not a military institution with restricted access. The fact that Bisaria had taken the necessary permission from Pakistan’s foreign ministry made the denial of access to him even more appalling and atrocious, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

Coming days after the brazen ceasefire violations by Pakistan during the holy month of Ramzan, this act shows the neighbouring had renounced even the pretension of trying to normalize relations with India, said the Chief Minister, warning against the dangerous repercussions of Islamabad’s actions.

The Chief Minister, a strong advocate of peace and promotion of bilateral relations between the two countries, said such acts were not only detrimental to any hopes of normalizing ties but had the potential of aggravating the simmering tensions between the neighbours. This was not in the interest of either nation, he said.

While India continues to try to improve relations with its neighbor, Pakistan seems hell-bent on scuttling any such effort, said the Chief Minister, urging Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to take up the issue at the highest levels with Islamabad and give them a befitting response.

India was a symbol of peace for the world but that did not mean that should not be taken as a sign of weakness by other countries, the Chief Minister asserted, pointing out that this was not first such instance in which the Indian High Commissioner had been prevented from discharging his consular duties by Islamabad.

Earlier, the Chief Minister tweeted his condemnation over the incident saying: “Refusal by Islamabad to allow Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria @IndiainPakistan to enter Gurdwara Panja Sahib shows the lows to which Pak can stoop in its anti-India campaign. It was a religious place not a military institution. Urge @SushmaSwaraj to give befitting reply.”

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