Pak response on India’s demands on Kartarpur Corridor inadequate: Punjab CM
The limitation of 500 pilgrims a day, as proposed by Pakistan, was insufficient to cater to the aspirations of the large number of devotees desirous of darshan at the gurdwara, said the CM.Updated: Mar 15, 2019 23:04 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Expressing disappointment at Pakistan’s response to various issues raised by India during the first meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Friday, urged Islamabad to be more amenable and responsive to India’s demands, keeping in view the interests of the devotees seeking to pay obeisance at the historic Gurdwara across the border.
The CM added Islamabad’s response to India’s demands was totally inadequate and the neighbouring country needed to reconsider its stand, if the corridor is to serve its true purpose, in the spirit in which it was decided to be opened.
The governments of the two countries took a historic decision by agreeing to open the corridor to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, in November this year, said Captain Amarinder, lauding the fact that the Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF airstrikes were not allowed to scuttle talks between the two sides on taking the project forward.
“It was good that the two countries remained on track with the project deadlines, but Pakistan needed to go a step further to make the initiative truly meaningful for pilgrims, particularly the Sikh community, which had been deprived of darshan at the Kartarpur gurdwara for over 70 years,” he added.
The limitation of 500 pilgrims a day, as proposed by Pakistan, was insufficient to cater to the aspirations of the large number of devotees desirous of darshan at the gurdwara, said the CM. He added that curtailing the visit to a limited number of days in a week would defeat the purpose, he added.
“Pakistan’s response to India’s demands on Kartarpur Corridor is totally inadequate. The corridor won’t serve its true purpose with such limitations. Sikhs have been deprived of Kartarpur Gurdwara darshan for 70 years, need to allow more people every day, including from overseas,” he tweeted.
Captain Amarinder reiterated his demand for visa-free ‘Khule Darshan’. “Pilgrims should be allowed to go through the Kartarpur Corridor for ‘Khule Darshan’ at the historic gurdwara all seven days a week. Special permits should be good for identity, the visa requirement needs to be waived off. Pakistan has to be more responsive,” he tweeted.
First Published: Mar 15, 2019 21:13 IST