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Blame Game Over Cancelled Visit of Indian Pilgrims to Hindu Temple in Pakistan

first_imgIndia and Pakistan are blaming each other over denying visas to 173 Indian pilgrims, who wanted to visit the Katas Raj temple in Chakwal district of Pakistan. While India accused Pakistan of refusing visas, Pakistan said on Feb. 14 that the pilgrims were “forced to withdraw their applications from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi due to non-issuance of NOC (no-objection certificate) by the Indian External Affairs Ministry,” according to the Tribune.India, on the other hand, said that Pakistan did not follow “due process” as “granting of visa is a sovereign right of any country.” Indian official sources told the Tribune that the High Commission could have granted the visas without blaming India.Pakistan, meanwhile, said that “India has also denied the visits of Sikh pilgrims, followed by that of Zaireens from Pakistan, and now Katas Raj pilgrims, the opportunity to participate in their religious festivals. Indian actions run counter to the letter and spirit of the 1974 Pakistan-India Protocol on ‘Visits to Religious Shrines’ and an obstruction for the people-to-people contacts,” the report added.Shiv Partab Bajaj, who has been organizing the visit of Indian pilgrims to Katas Raj for three decades, said officials of both the countries were responsible for the cancellation of the trip, Pakistani publication Dawn reported.“First we used to submit our visa applications before the Pakistani embassy and the Pakistani and Indian authorities themselves fulfilled the process, but this time we were asked to get clearance from the Indian Ministry for External Affairs [and] unfortunately we could not get approval,” Bajaj, who lives in Yamuna Nagar city in Haryana, was quoted as saying. The report cited him as adding that the reason could be Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to West Asia and Gulf, which kept the External Affairs Ministry officials occupied.Significance of Katas Raj TempleThe temple, which is believed to have been created after Hindu god Shiva’s teardrop fell there to form a pond, gained political significance after then Indian Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani visited it in 2005.The Pervez Musharraf regime looked after the temple amid improvement with ties with India, and pilgrims were encouraged to visit it during the Shivratri festival. However, the number of pilgrims fell after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. In early 2017, then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the temple and ordered for its renovation.The temple is located near Kallar Kahar in Punjab, Pakistan, and is dedicated to Hindu gods Ram, Hanuman and Shiva. It is also believed that the Pandavas came to the temple during their exile. Apart from being a Hindu site of worship, it is also close to a gurdwara, where Guru Nanak is believed to have stayed during his travels around the world.The site also has excavated remains of a Buddhist stupa and the architecture suggests that it was part of a 11th century Kashmiri kingdom. Related ItemsHinduismPakistanlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders prior to last season for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional 2014 selection.In his first year with Arizona, Palmer started all 16 games, completing 362-of-572 passes for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing 22 interceptions.In 2014, Palmer has thrown for 1,385 yards and 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions as the Cardinals have gotten off to a league-best 7-1 start.Palmer missed three games this season due to a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, but in his time as the Cardinals’ starter has guided the team to a 15-6 record, including a 12-2 mark over his last 14 starts. In 142 career starts, Palmer has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 35,124 yards, 224 touchdowns and 154 interceptions.Chris Mortensen of ESPN has more info on the financial particulars of Palmer’s new deal.Carson Palmer’s extension has $20.5 million in guaranteed money thru ’15. No guarantees for ’16 & ’17. Average salary range 15.9-16.6 mil— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 7, 2014 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have seemingly cleared up any cloudiness surrounding their immediate future at quarterback by signing Carson Palmer to a three-year extension.Various reports indicate the deal is worth $50 million.“Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team’s success,” said General Manager Steve Keim in a statement. “When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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