ISLAMABAD: India has initiated malicious campaign against Pakistan with regard to opening of Kartarpur corridor and vitiate ambiance when about two months are left for historic 550th celebrations of Sikh religion founder Baba Guru Nanak at his last resting place in Pakistan Kartarpur town.
Diplomatic observers are apprehending that India is trying to subvert the opening of the corridor since its opening will generate great amount of goodwill in Sikh community for Pakistan. According to Indian media reports Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has alleged Pakistan that it is showing inflexibility about Indian demands pertaining to the corridor and visiting Kartarpur.
Kartarpur agreement: Pakistan, India fail to finalise draft agreement
Incidentally, Pakistan offered the opening up of corridor in August 2018 in Islamabad when Indian cricketer turned politician Navjat Singh Siddhu requested for its opening to Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Later the work was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan while visiting Kartarpur.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also invited for the opening, but he declined to attend it. New Delhi has said that Pakistan showed inflexibility in talks on the Kartarpur corridor and gave unfavourable responses on issues of charging a service fee, the number of pilgrims to be allowed on special occasions and allowing protocol officials to accompany them.
Pakistan and India had agreed on visa-free travel by Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib using the Kartarpur corridor but stopped short of finalising an agreement on the cross-border route. Pakistan will allow 5,000 Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara every day using the planned corridor and the numbers could be more on special occasions. But the two sides could not finalise the draft agreement on the corridor.
Indian MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We had hoped that all pending issues will be resolved.