Nov 6, 2019
Pakistan has released a video to mark the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, the video features three Khalistani leaders including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, with “Khalistan 2020” written on it.
After Pakistan released its official Kartarpur song featuring pictures of pro-Khalistan leaders, Indian has hit out at Pakistan for promoting Khalistani content.
Indian government has raised objections with Pakistan over the video, alleging that the Kartarpur platform has been used for promoting anti-India content. This development comes ahead of the Kartarpur Corridor opening ceremony on November 9.
Earlier on Monday, Pakistan released an official video for the Kartarpur corridor which has photos of the pro-Khalistani leaders Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Amrik Singh Khalsa and Major General (Dismissed) Shabeg Singh in the background.
The video which shows pilgrims heading to Pakistan to visit the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara also features the posters of the afore-mentioned leaders pinned to the side of a building. Pakistan has also released two other videos featuring clips of devotees, with the ‘Khalistan 2020’ poster in the background.
The three pro-Khalistani leaders were killed in 1984 as a part of Operation Blue Star. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale headed a religious organisation called Damdami Taksal and Amrik Singh Khalsa headed the now-banned student body -All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSD).
Pakistan’s support to the pro-Khalistan movement has been a constant bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Earlier in March, India had categorically expressed its displeasure over the appointment of pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Singh Chawla in the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Committee.
Chawal is also known to be the right-hand man of 26/11 mastermind and UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed. Succumbing to pressure in July, Pakistan ahead of the India-Pakistan meeting over the Kartarpur corridor removed Chawla from the committee.
Meanwhile, on October 24, India and Pakistan signed a landmark agreement to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. Both the countries have also decided that the corridor will be operational throughout the year and seven days a week and that pilgrims will have a choice to visit it as individuals or in groups. Pakistan has finally waived the $ 20 service fee per pilgrim on Friday, after facing severe criticism for not doing so. But, Pakistan is yet to approve the complete list of the pilgrims to visit Kartarpur on November 9.