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Cannot trust Pak on Kartarpur corridor: Amarinder

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Minister said Saturday he did not trust Pakistan's intent behind the opening of the corridor, saying their agenda was "nefarious and political" and aimed at "exploiting" the sentiments of the Sikhs.

"is doing it with a different intent, which is not at all aimed at promoting peace," Singh said at a press conference here to mark two years of his government. "India's agenda is religious, but theirs is totally disruptive."

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 everyday.

The minister reiterated his demand for an open visit at the gurdwara, questioning the rationale behind having a corridor if the need for passport and visa was still there.

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

and had last year agreed to open up a special border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in the neighbouring country's -- the final resting place of Sikhism founder Dev -- to in district. The two countries seek to open the corridor in November on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of

Singh said he was all for the corridor, which was a matter of devotion for the Sikhs, but there was need to exercise caution.

He pointed out to the number of ISI-backed terror modules busted in in recent months. "While talks of peace, their Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, continues to promote his evil designs."

Asked if the airstrike by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan's Balakot would benefit the in the Lok Sabha election, Singh said any government of the day, including the Congress, would have retaliated after the Pulwama attack.

The minister also lashed out at the BJP for politicisation of the armed forces. "The has never politicised the 1965 or the 1971 wars. We have always put the nation above political interests," he added.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:25 IST