Wary India Believes Kartarpur Corridor Is Being Pushed And Promoted By Pakistan’s Army

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NEW DELHI: On November 9, around 550 pilgrims from India will travel a distance of four-and-a-half kilometres from Dera Baba Nanak in the Indian state of Punjab to gurdwara Darbar  Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. The distance which will be covered through the long-awaited ‘Katarpur Corridor’ marks the fulfillment of the wishes of India’s Sikh community who have been seeking access to this holy shrine in Pakistan for several years. While India sees the corridor’s opening in a positive light with Union Minister and Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal even describing it as a ‘corridor of hope’, New Delhi has its worries about the alacrity with which Pakistan has pushed ahead with the project ever since its foundation stone was laid in November 2018. This, after keeping the Indian demand for the corridor in abeyance for nearly two decades.  SNI Deputy Editor Parul Chandra and Opinion Editor Ashwin Ahmad discuss these concerns and conclude that there is a very real threat that Pakistan could try and use the Kartarpur Corridor project to influence secessionist elements seeking the creation of Khalistan.

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