ARY Daily News 10 August 2012 Hindu pilgrims allowed to cross border
Pakistani authorities allowed Hindu pilgrims to leave for India after their protest. Earlier 10 pilgrims of two families were granted permission for crossing the border into India after producing the NOC issued by the ministry of interior.More than 100 Hindu pilgrims were stopped from crossing the Wagah Border into India after immigration authorities received a letter which stated that the pilgrims have not been given clearance as yet.
The border officials said only after NOC from the ministry of interior they will be allowed entry in India.When the pilgrims arrived at the border, the immigration authorities barred them from crossing into India stating that the letter says that they were not to be given an entry/exit pass as a matter of clearance was yet to be resolved.The pilgrims, speaking to thee media, said that they were going on a pilgrimage and that they were not migrating. They added that they would like to leave now so they could come back soon.Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said that it was a propaganda and that the people were going on a pilgrimage, adding that the Indian High Commission had been asked to explain why it issued visas to 250 Hindu citizens of Pakistan.He also directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to look into the matter.Courtesy-Khabron Ki Duniya