“Why had Pakistan taken this decision now? Why have they done it after 73 years? They have done it because the gateway of Kashmir where they were spreading terrorism is closed now. This has resulted in the Pakistani Army, the real ruler of the country, losing confidence among the common people,”a Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) activist, Amjad Mirza was quoted as saying. Staying in exile, the Glasgow resident spoke to the media on November 23, 2019, and shared his viewpoint on Pakistan suddenly agreeing to fulfill the longstanding wish of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Indian Sikhs.
There have been concerns over Pakistan opening the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor with an underlying agenda of using it for promoting Khalistan related terrorist activities on Indian soil. Solidifying the claims, there have been instances too, that have evidently highlighted this. The welcome song released by Pakistan had Khalistani militants Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and his close aids featured on posters in the video. The alleged campaign by Sikhs for Justice – Referendum 2020, also found a mention on these posters. Although the visuals were removed after mass social media protests and the intervention of the Indian government, the intent to sabotage peace in India with the beginning of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor was viewable. Is this what brotherhood stands for?
Further, recent intelligence reports have revealed terror camps that have been set up near Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. This came to light after a Pakistani spy was caught by military intelligence in Gurdaspur, Punjab. He was involved in sending the pictures of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor construction to his larger espionage group, raising doubts over Pakistan’s intention behind opening the corridor in haste. Adding fuel to the fire started by Pakistan, the country’s former Army Chief, General Mirza Aslam Beg said that Pakistan will use the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Khalistan terror and that “jihad” was the “only way to teach India a lesson.”Pressing it further, he said, “Pakistan army and the government should create trouble for India through Khalistan movement.” What needs to be noted here is that these statements came at a time when Pak is facing a serious economic crisis.
According to Amjad Mirza, the PoK activist, it was only after India abrogated Article 370 in Kashmir that Pakistan was eager to open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, to unlock the doors to enter Indian soil, again. Clearly promulgating its discordance against the decision, Pakistan had been directing hatred towards the Indian government since the very beginning of August. Prime Minister Imran Khan had also threatened India by saying that Pak was ready to wage a war against India, and fight for the “freedom” of Kashmir. Now, in times like these, when India is going through progressive changes, a gesture of peace proposed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his tenure, the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, stands witness to an agenda that creates disruption for an entire community, and terrorism issues for the entire country.
Everything that has happened so far seems to speak a language of violence, coated in brotherhood. The statements by Mirza Aslam Beg, the idea of waging of a war against India by PM Imran Khan, the showcasing of ‘Referendum 2020’ banners along with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Shahbeg Singh, and Amrik Singh Khalsa in the welcome song, and the smallest of every other activity, only heightens the security concerns for Indian citizens. While Sikhs and Punjabis across India are celebrating the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, there is an eerie silence in the air that is keeping the terrorism worries alive. Although the Khalistan movement has been completely denounced by Sikhs in India, and it has no support from any major Sikh bodies including Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), Akal Takht, and Akali Dal, the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor still stands at the risk of completely being diminished to Pakistani political agendas. Now, what comes across is the big question. Will the Indian government at some point of time have to put a lock on the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor because of the nefarious agendas from the neighbor? If yes, it would certainly mean to protect people and stop Pakistan from succeeding to spread terrorism in India. If no, are we ready to let our land be ruined and our people be killed because of terrorism?