Jaipur Literature Festival 2013: Two Pak diplomats denied visit
Jaipur: Amidst simmering tension between the two countries, the government of India has barred two Pakistani diplomats from attending the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. However, the government has not given any official reason for denying participation to them.
Manzoor Memon, head of the media wing at the Pakistani High Commision, and Naeem Anwar, minister for trade, are the two Pakistani diplomats had expressed their desire to attend the high-profile event about 10 days before the event began on the Jan 24, but they were apprised of the government’s decision only yesterday.
Newspaper reports suggest that the Union home ministry didn’t want to let the two diplomats visit Jaipur, where the largest such festival in South Asia is taking place.
Even if they do appeal or re-try the process, they won’t be successful since the next three days are government holidays here in India.
Pakistani diplomats need approval from ministry of external affairs (MEA) for travelling out of the National Capital Region, but the final deciding authority is the home ministry.