New Delhi: Twenty three Indian passports belonging to Sikh pilgrims have reportedly gone missing from Pakistan high commission raising security concerns. The owners of the missing passports were planning to visit the gurdwaras in Pakistan, including the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, situated in Narowal District of the state. Meanwhile, the Pakistan government denied the allegations aimed at its officials for the loss. Also Read - UAE Stops Issuing Fresh Visas to Pakistan, 12 Other Countries Citing Security Concerns
An FIR was registered in this regard by several of those whose passport had gone missing. The case was then taken to the notice of the Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry took the issue to the Pakistan mission seeking recovery of all the missing passports. “This is a serious issue and we have taken all necessary action to prevent any misuse of these passports,” a report by The Times of India quoted an official as saying. Also Read - Pakistan PM Rules Out Closing Down Businesses Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases
A Delhi-based agent reportedly alleged that he had collected 23 passports and submitted documents for the same at the Pakistan high commission. However, he later told the Indian authorities that the Pakistan officials didn’t have the documents when he went back to collect the passports. Also Read - PM Imran Khan Approves Chemical Castration of Rapists in Pakistan, Law Soon to be Presented in Parliament
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday questioned the intention of the Pakistan Army to open the Kartarpur Corridor between India and Pakistan and expressed his concern if the attempt was aimed at reviving terrorism in the border state.
The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara was made open for pilgrims to visit in 1999. The Pakistan government hosted a ceremony for the religious corridor last month. The 549th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak took place from November 21 to 30, this year. Prior to the celebrations, visas were issued to over 3,800 Indian Sikh pilgrims by the Pakistan government.