Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on Saturday was stopped from visiting Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan, citing security reasons. This is the 2nd time in 3 months that Indian envoy has not been allowed to meet Indian pilgrims despite having required travel permit. In April, the Indian envoy was stopped from visiting Sikh shrine when he had been invited by the chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). According to reports, the Indian envoy was travelling with his wife.
Following the incident, Indian authorities lodged a strong protest with Islamabad at denial of access to Indian High Commissioner and consular officials to visit to Sikh shrine and summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Haider Shah. Besides the Indian High Commissioner, Indian consular team was also denied entry into the gurudwara for a scheduled meet with Sikh pilgrims.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Manjinder Singh Sirsa condemmed the act and asked Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi to discuss the matter. Sirsa tweeted, “Seeking time from Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi to discuss the highly condemnable act of Pakistan barring Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria Ji from visiting Gurdwara Panja Sahib A Sikh delegation wishes to talk on such issues with Pak High Commission in India.”