A new chapter has been added to the Sikh history with the opening of the Kartarpur corridor. An often-cited prayer of the Sikhs, to reunite them with the pilgrim spots separated from them in the wake of the Partition, has been answered, and it is a moment of joy and fulfillment for every Punjabi and every Sikh. Pilgrims can now pay obeisance daily at the Dardar Sahib Gurdwara in Kartarpur (Pakistan) where Guru Nanak Dev ji spent his last 18 years before passing away.
While a large number of Sikhs are overjoyed with the development, for the national security reasons it would always be a cause of worry for India – how the Kartarpur Gurdwara is used for surreptitious purposes by Pakistan. India would, for sure, like that the Sikh sentiments are respected and upheld, but if in the garb of it the Pakistan ISI pursues its subversive agenda India would really be on tenterhooks. One hopes though that the corridor would help resolving Indo-Pak relations, the fact that the corridor has been planned by the Pakistan Army cannot be overlooked.
While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan for respecting the sentiments of the Sikhs in India, Imran Khan, in turn, raked up the Kashmir issue at the inauguration of the historic Kartarpur corridor and urged India to end all restrictions in the Valley imposed after New Delhi scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
Soon, Pakistan made a formal announcement to that effect. Diplomatically, it was a masterstroke played by Pakistan to which India had no other way than to accept. Gen Bajwa’s game plan whispered in the ears of Navjot Sidhu, became a new statement between the Indo-Pak relations because Pakistan took the initiative to announce for the Kartarpur corridor, something that India had been demanding for long.
India knew that with prime minister Imran Khan in the forefront, the agenda was being designed and dictated by the Pakistan Army. Yet, it could not do anything about it since the sentiments of the Sikhs were involved.
As the talks about the Kartarpur corridor have been going on between India and Pakistan, the ISI-sponsored attempts to push in arms and ammunition across the border were starkly disturbing. The use of drones for this purpose has lent an alarming dimension to the security challenge on the border.
Last month, Khalistani and Islamic terrorist groups sent three consignments of 16 assault rifles and 9 hand grenades along with satellite phones to India in a span of about two weeks.
The arms and ammunition came in three consignments, which were sent by Khalistani terror group bosses, including Khalistan Zindabad Force chief Ranjeet Singh Neeta and Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF) chief Harmeet Singh Ph.D. The latest consignment, seized by the police on September 24, was sent by KLF chief Harmeet Singh Ph.D. It included five AK 47 rifles, 10 magazines, and 200 cartridges.
Police sources say weapons were meant to be delivered to gangsters Sukhpreet Singh Satta and Sukhda Khariwal, who were in contact with Harmeet Singh PhD. Earlier on September 22, the police recovered five AK 47 rifles with 16 magazines and 472 rounds, four Chinese-made point 30 bore pistols with eight magazines and 72 rounds, nine hand grenades, five satellite phones, two mobile phones and two wireless sets besides counterfeit currency of Rs 10 lakh from the possession of four Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) terrorists, including Balwant Singh alias Nihang, Akashdeep Singh alias Akash Randhawa, Harbhajan Singh and Balveer Singh.
The police arrested the three from Chohla Sahib area in Tarn Taran. This was the second consignment of weapons sent from Pakistan
More seriously, it would be Sikh radicals coming from other parts of the world who would find a place in Pakistan to inflame radical feelings, much to the discomfort of India.A lot remains at stake for the Kartarpur Corridor, and India and Pakistan will have to work to ensure no border skirmishes impact pilgrim movement.