ISLAMABAD - India Friday asked Pakistan to call off the visit of the Zaireen to Ajmer Sharif citing security concerns over the recent bilateral drop-off, following the murders of their prisoners on each other’s soil.

The annual Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (RA) is beginning from May 13 and each year hundreds of Pakistani devotees travel to India to attend it.

In a meeting held here at the Foreign Office on Friday, the Indian Deputy High Commissioner told Director General South Asia that the Indian government has recommended to the government of Pakistan that the visit of the Zaireen to Ajmer this year should be cancelled.

On its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveyed to the Ministry of Religious Affairs that Indian government is unable to provide foolproof security to the pilgrims due to prevailing security situation in India. Later, a spokesman of the religious affairs ministry said that all the Zaireen have been requested not to move for Lahore for their onward journey to India.

The shrine of Ajmer Sharif is famous because of the spiritual leader Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is considered one of the holiest places of worship in India not only for the Muslims but also for the people of other faiths and is a famous tourist spot in the city of Ajmer.

Relations between south Asian nuclear neighbours have been in tatters following the prison violence in Pakistan in which an Indian spy on death row, Sarabjit Singh, was attacked by the inmates and he died few days later. This incident was followed by a tit-for-tat reaction in India as a Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah, in Indian occupied Kashmir, was hit with a sharp weapon and he succumbed to his injuries on May 9.