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IB red flags Pakistan pilgrims’ visit

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ajmer, May 03, 2013
First Published: 21:25 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:29 IST(3/5/2013)

The intelligence bureau (IB) has recommended to the Union home ministry to reject visa applications of Pakistani nationals expected to visit Ajmer dargah for the upcoming tours of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty, as Sarabjit Singh’s death in Pakistan has created an unfavourable security situation for them.


Superintendent of police (IB) Pyare Lal said the government had been informed that the pilgrims from Pakistan could face the ire of the locals who have been enraged by Sarabjit’s killing.

"We have based our report on the basis of the increasingly growing opposition among the locals to the visit by Pakistani pilgrims," Lal said. He said since Pakistani pilgrims were free to visit any area within the municipal limits of Ajmer city, the police would find it hard to provide them security everywhere.

"Moreover, Dargah area is very vast and remains heavily crowded during the urs. So practically, it would be very difficult to manage security arrangements for them," said Lal.

The 801st urs of the Sufi saint would begin formally on May 7. The spiritual head of the dargah, Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, on Thursday termed Sarabjit’s death as an "ISI conspiracy aimed at disturbing communal peace in India". Asking India to send a strong message to Pakistan, Diwan asked the central government to take up Sarabjit’s killing with the International Human Rights Commission.

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