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  India   All India  05 Dec 2016  India, citing security, bars Sartaj Aziz from Golden Temple

India, citing security, bars Sartaj Aziz from Golden Temple

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 5, 2016, 5:30 am IST
Updated : Dec 5, 2016, 5:34 am IST

The Pakistan delegation’s request for visit to Golden Temple today was carefully looked into.

Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the inauguration of the 6th Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar. (Photo: AP)
 Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the inauguration of the 6th Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar. (Photo: AP)

Amritsar/ New Delhi: Pakistan on Sunday claimed that its Prime Minister’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz was not allowed to visit the Golden Temple. Government sources confirmed that the Mr Aziz and his delegation had not been given permission to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday for security reasons.

“Visits to the Golden Temple by VVIPs and VIPs attending the conference were initially envisaged for Sunday. However, Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day was also observed today. Apart from difficulties in ensuring security of VVIPs and VIPs, their visit to the temple would have caused inconvenience to a large number of devotees,” sources said.

Hence two rounds of visits to Golden Temple by VVIPs and VIPs were organised on Saturday.

The Pakistan delegation’s request for visit to Golden Temple today was carefully looked into. Given the aforementioned factors, and it was not found feasible to organise adequate security for the delegation at a short notice.”

Tags: golden temple, sartaj aziz, amritsar, heart of asia
Location: India, Punjab, Amritsar