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On Kartarpur, Amarinder sceptical of Pakistan intention

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Raising serious doubts about Pakistan's intention behind opening the Corridor, on Saturday said that he did not trust Pakistan's agenda as it "is nefarious and political, and aimed at exploiting the sentiments of the Sikhs".

Underlining the need to keep a close watch on the Corridor project, the said while he is in favour of the opening of Corridor, which is a matter of devotion for the Sikhs, there is need to exercise caution.

"is doing it with a different intent, which is not at all aimed at promoting peace," Amarinder, whose government in completed two years in office on Saturday, said.

"India's agenda is religious but theirs is totally disruptive," said the Chief Minister, citing the pro-Khalistan 'Referendum 2020' as an example of ISI's (Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence) attempts to exploite Sikh sentiments to divide and destabilize

"While talks of peace, their (Qamar Javed) Bajwa continues to promote his evil designs," Amarinder warned, adding that the number of ISI-backed terror modules busted in Punjab in recent months indicated their true intention.

The grenades used in Jalandhar and Pathankot attacks were of origin, he added. The said the number of devotees proposed by to be allowed to pass the Corridor was not at all sufficient and he wanted at least 15,000 pilgrims to be permitted to visit the historic gurdwara through the Corridor every day.

He reiterated his demand for 'khule darshan' at the Sahib gurdwara, questioning the rationale behind having a Corridor at all if the need for passport and visa was still there.

"Some identification was, of course, needed, but there was no need for passport...such requirement would deprive poor people of darshan," he said.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:30 IST
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