Chandigarh: In the wake of disagreement between India and Pakistan over the Kartarpur Corridor, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said that while India’s agenda was religious, that of Pakistan was disruptive.
Singh said, “While Pakistan Prime Minister talks of peace, their Army Chief continues to promote his evil designs. The number of ISI-backed terror modules busted in Punjab in recent months indicated their true intent.”
As per the reports, Pakistan had laid down certain conditions regarding the corridor to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara. Earlier, on Thursday, officials of India and Pakistan had held ‘detailed and constructive’ discussions on Kartarpur corridor. The two countries also decided to hold a meeting of the technical experts on March 19, which will be followed by another round of talks on the issue on April 2.
However, a day after the meeting, a leading daily quoted sources at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as saying that the actual offer made by Pakistan was “farcical”. Sources alleged, “There is a sea of difference between what Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, had announced and what they offered at Attari.”
Pakistan’s response to India’s demands on Kartarpur Corridor is totally inadequate. The Corridor won’t serve its true purpose with such limitations. Sikhs have been deprived of Kartarpur Gurdwara darshan for 70 years, need to allow more people every day, including from overseas. pic.twitter.com/Wl0qyIcuxA
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 15, 2019
While India rejected five points raised by Pakistan, the latter reportedly raised two more. Initially, Pakistan had assured a visa-free passage to the gurdwara but later it said it would issue special permits to the pilgrims for a fee. A report said Pakistan has restricted the corridor facility to Indian passport holders and kept out many holders of Overseas Citizenship of India card.
Last November, India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district in Punjab.
(With agency inputs)