Jaipur: Khadims (priests) at the dargah (shrine) of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer have decided not to assist Pakistani pilgrims in offering prayers at the shrine. Several groups of khadims have decided to join the increasing protests against the killing of Sarabjit.
About 640 pilgrims from Pakistan will be visiting Rajasthan's Ajmer town later this week. The pilgrims are expected to arrive in Ajmer May 12, 2013 to participate in the 801st Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti. Ahead of the Pakistanis' visit, various organisations -- including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena and the BJP -- have been staging demonstrations in Ajmer, some 150 km from Jaipur. The Pakistani delegation is likely to stay here for a week.
"We have decided not to assist any of the Pakistani pilgrims in offering prayers at the shrine. Prayers are not possible without khadims. We demand that the Indian government does not provide visas to any of the pilgrims," said a khadim. He added that the visit could be a conspiracy by the Pakistani government to increase communal disharmony in India.
Another khadim, Natik Chisty, said the anger is brewing over Sarabjit's death, so visa should not be granted to Pak pilgrims. The Shiv Sena staged a protest May 2, 2013 at the Ajmer district headquarters, demanding withdrawal of visas to the Pakistani group coming to Ajmer. The Yuva Jat Mahasabha has also threatened to show black flags to Pakistani citizens in Ajmer....