India declines permission to the Sikh delegation to visit Pakistan on the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

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Amritsar: The Ministry of External Affairs of India has declined permission to the Sikh delegation to visit Pakistan on the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh due to security concerns.

The Sikh delegation will not be able to visit Pakistan on the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh this time for want of official permission.

A report in The Tribune quotes, a 251-member Sikh delegation was scheduled to go to Pakistan from June 21 to 29. The SGPC was facilitating the trip, but the Ministry of External Affairs has declined permission due to security concerns.

Incidentally, the Pak High Commission in New Delhi had even denied visas to another SGPC delegation, who wished to visit Pakistan in May to observe the Martyrdom Day of Guru  ArjanSahib as per original Nanakshahi calendar.

Confirming it, the Chief Secretary Harcharan Singh said the ministry had told the SGPC that if anyone still wanted to visit Pakistan, an undertaking should be given that he or she would go on his or her own risk.

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