New Delhi/Lahore, April 14
India is in touch with authorities in Pakistan concerning safety of over 800 Indian pilgrims whose go to to the neighbouring nation has been affected by violent protests in a number of cities, together with Lahore.
“Closely monitoring developments. In touch with Pakistani authorities and Sikh Jatha. Will do utmost to make sure safety and secure return of pilgrims,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted.
The minister’s response got here after president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management committee Manjinder Singh Sirsa, in a tweet, requested Jaishankar to look into the matter of stranded Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan.
Over 800 Indian Sikhs travelled to Pakistan to attend the Baisakhi pageant. The Indian pilgrims had reached Lahore by way of Wagah border on Monday to attend the pageant.
On Tuesday afternoon, the visiting Indian Sikhs left for Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hassanabdal in 25 buses which have been escorted by the police and the Pakistani Rangers.
“Owing to the TLP protest that blocked roads, the Sikh yatrees reached Hassanabdal at 4 am on Wednesday after over 14 hours of journey which in any other case is roofed in three hours,” an official of the Punjab authorities advised PTI in Lahore.
Protests are happening in a number of elements of Pakistan by supporters of Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) demanding the expulsion of the French envoy over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France.
The Indian pilgrims attended the principle occasion on Wednesday in which a number of native Sikhs additionally participated.
The visiting pilgrims are scheduled to go to different holy locations in the Punjab province of Pakistan throughout their 10-day keep in the nation. PTI