India summons Pak envoy on Kartarpur difficulty

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 6

India followed up its strong note to Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor issue on Thursday by summoning Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner on Friday to seek a reversal of its decision, said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava during a media briefing.

The Pakistan diplomat was told that the decision to hand over the management of the project to the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) instead of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (PSGPC) was highly condemnable.

This is evident by the reaction of a section of the Sikh community here which also met MEA’s Pakistan Desk in-charge JP Singh to register their protest.

The MEA said such actions expose the Pakistani leadership’s tall claims of preserving and protecting the rights and welfare of the religious minority communities.

But the Pakistan Foreign Office maintained that PSGPC remained responsible for carrying out rituals at the gurdwara as per Sikh code of conduct.

In another minority community related development in the neighbourhood, India has viewed the attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh “very seriously”.

The MEA noted the efforts by the local law and order machinery to book the culprits and instil confidence in the minority community.

India has also taken up the issue of Saudi Arabia misrepresenting Kashmir in a map embossed on a commemorative 20 Rial note issued to coincide with Riyadh’s Presidency of the G-20 grouping.

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