NEW YORK : A US-based Sikh rights group has condemned India for not allowing Sartaj Aziz, PakistanPrime Minister’s advisor on Foreign Affairs, to visit the Golden Temple during “Heartof Asia Conference” in Amritsar.

“Indian government has no right stop anyone from visiting the GoldenTemple as this violates the fundamental tenets of the Sikhism”,  the legal advisor to the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, said in a statement on Monday.

In the 500years of Golden Temple, Pannun said, there has been no incident of violenceagainst anyone who came to pay his or her respects. But, he said,  the Golden Temple was attacked byIndian Government in June 1984 resulting in the massacre of thousands ofpilgrims.

The Golden Temple was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, GuruRam Das Ji, as a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life andall religions to come and worship God equally, an SFJ statement said. Accordingly,as a gesture of this non-sectarian universality of Sikhism, GuruArjan Dev Ji had specially invited Muslim Sufi saint, Hazrat Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of the GoldenTemple.

The four entrances of the Golden Temple facing all four directions symbolizethe openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.

During two days of Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar, except Pakistan’sSartaj Aziz, a number of foreign dignitaries, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, wereallowed to visit the Golden Temple.

On Nov 29,  SFJ, in a letter to Aziz,had urged him to “Raise Sikhs’ Demand For Independence Referendum In”Indian Occupied Punjab” To Create “Khalistan”.