India lodges strong protest with Pakistan on harassment of diplomats

India lodges strong protest with Pakistan on harassment of diplomats

Mr. Sidhu, who had in August visited Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan, had after his return claimed that during the ceremony Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had conveyed that Pakistan was contemplating to open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev's 550th Prakash Parv.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has passed a Resolution to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, which falls next year, throughout the country and across the globe, in a grand and befitting manner along with State Governments and the Indian Missions overseas. Pilgrims would then be able to visit the holy shrine throughout the year. The corridor will facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Narowal District of Punjab, Pakistan. In another major decision, the Union Cabinet has chose to develop the historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi as heritage town on Smart City principles. In a message, President said, "the life of Guru Nanak Dev teaches us to love and harmony". "The Pakistan government will be urged to reciprocate and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory", said Rajnath Singh.

A committee led by the home minister will regularly review, monitor and oversee the implementation of the activities commemorating Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary.

Commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Government of India to mark this momentous occasion.

"I humbly request the Government to dispense their duty towards 12 Crore "Nanak Naam Laivas" world over, by writing to the Pakistan Government".

Sidhu had previously raised the issue with the Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj and had said that it was India's responsibility to make a formal request to Pakistan, NDTV reported.

Even though Pakistan, on 19 September, had claimed that there was no formal communication with India regarding the construction of the Kartarpur Corridor, The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan has made a decision to begin the project later this month. It said the access was denied despite the Pakistan Foreign Ministry granting them prior travel permission. The move to build a corridor will also serve to test the commitment of the Pakistani side, which, despite suggestions that a corridor was in the works, had not moved on the project. However, I was shocked when I received the minister's reply, stating that there's nothing like that. He said: "It's a historic day for the entire Sikh community and we would like to thank PM Modi and his Cabinet", adding that "this has been a wish of each and every Sikh".

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