AMRITSAR: Pakistan high commission in Delhi recently refused visas to Hindus and sehajdhari Sikhs who wished to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore on June 29.
Various Sikh organizations including the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society and Khalra Mission Committee had applied for visas for their respective groups, said society president Harpal Singh Bhullar on Tuesday.
He said they took up the issue with the president of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Sham Singh and urged him to pursue the matter with the Pakistan government through Evacuee Trust Property Board, but this did not yield any results.
He said, "The Pakistan high commission earlier issued visas to every one but now they have refused nearly 50% of the applicants." In charge of yatra branch, SGPC, Jaspal Singh, said they had applied for visas of 310 devotees.
President of Nankana Sahib Sikh Yatree Jatha Swaran Singh said all Sikh religious organizations had decided to meet the minister of state for foreign affairs Preneet Kaur.
Pakistan refuses visas to Sehajdhari Sikhs, Hindus - The Times of India