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Adding to the controversy surrounding the implementation of easy access to the Kartarpur Sahib from India, around 23 Indian passports have gone missing from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

The passports belonged to Indian Sikh pilgrims who sought visas to visit shrines in Pakistan, including the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.

The 23 pilgrims were supposed to travel along with 3,800 Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurudwaras in Pakistan. The matter has caused a security scare and those who have lost their passports have filed an FIR.

According to The Times of India, a travel agent based in Delhi had collected the passports to give to the Pakistan High Commission. He had come back a while later only to be told that the officials did not have the documents.

The matter has been informed to the Ministry of External Affairs. However, Pakistan has denied any involvement.

An official source told TOI, "This is a serious issue and we have taken all necessary action to prevent any misuse of these passports."