ISLAMABAD: The Samjhauta Express sent to Attari, Amristar for Sikh pilgrims was returned empty as Indian authorities stopped them from coming to Pakistan for the Jor Mela, according to the foreign office spokesperson.
A statement issued from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Indian authorities returned the train saying Pakistan had agreed on sending a special one for the pilgrims, not Samjhauta Express.
The Indian authorities intercepted the pilgrims at the Attari border in Amritsar, read the statement.
They were coming to Pakistan for the Jor Mela to observe the death anniversary of Guru Arjun Das, for which around 100 pilgrims were issued visa by the High Commission for Pakistan, it added.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stated Pakistan had made all the arrangements keeping in consideration the religious values of Sikhs.
The statement further read that India did not hold human values important. Even the medical visa process was troublesome for Pakistanis, it added. “In occupied Kashmir, human beings are used as shields,” it read. “India has also targeted civilians along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.”