Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz denied to enter in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. He was on a trip to India to attend the sixth ministerial Heart of Asia conference held to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbors. After the conference, Aziz reportedly wished to visit the temple but did not get permission due to security reasons.
Earlier during the day, Aziz said in the conference its country’s focus is on modern, state of the art infrastructure including through China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Citing the growing need of regional transport, the adviser to the Pakistan PM said that Pakistan is building its national rail and energy transmission network.
The visit of Aziz was making headlines soon after its declaration that he will arrive in India on Sunday including protest of Shiv Sena against his visit and possibility of bilateral talk between the two countries. Meanwhile, Aziz had preponed his visit to Amritsar and flew into the country on Saturday evening instead of Sunday morning and attended a grand dinner organised by PM Narendra Modi for all delegates. He also met PM Modi during the conference. PM Modi enquired Aziz about his Pakistan counterpart and Aziz, in exchange conveyed the Pakistan PM’s greetings to Modi.
It may be mentioned here that Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday visited the Golden Temple on Saturday with PM Modi and other ministers. They offered prayers in the temple and PM Modi also served food at ‘langar’ on the day.