Kartarpur Corridor: Punjab on high alert

Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh, Nov 4: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Monday that Punjab is on high alert ahead of the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor as Indian intelligence agencies have apprised security forces about a spurt in terror camps near Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal district of Pakistan.

The Chief Minister, in response to a question, reiterated the need for caution, “The Sikh community had been asking for the opening of the passage to the sacred Kartarpur shrine for the past 70 years but Pakistan’s sudden decision to accept the demand indicated an ulterior motive, aimed at putting a wedge between the Sikh Community by exploiting their religious sentiments.”

“I do not expect Pakistan to dare to do any mischief through the Corridor but it is important for Punjab, being a border state to remain on alert,” said Amarinder Singh.

“The state is keeping close tabs on the situation and is maintaining a heightened alert,” he added.

The main event of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations would be organised at Sultanpur Lodhi on November 12.

The foundation stone of the National Institute of Inter-Faith Studies at GNDU would be laid on November 8, with ‘Ik-Noor Inter-Faith’ conclave.

Kartarpur corridor, to be opened on November 9, will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, just 4 kilometres from the international border, located in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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