New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh claimed that Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa had broken the news of opening of the Kartarpur Corridor to Navjot Singh Sidhu even before Imran Khan was sworn in as their prime minister. Also Read - Amazon to Add Pakistan to Its Approved Sellers' List. Here's What it Means
Terming the whole affair a ‘bigger conspiracy’, the Punjab CM said,”The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor is clearly a game plan of the ISI (Intelligence agency of Pakistan). A bigger conspiracy seems to have been hatched by Pakistan Army against India.” Also Read - ICC Test Rankings - Virat Kohli Retains Fifth Place, Rishabh Pant Breaks Into Top 10
Furthermore he admitted that Pakistan was attempting to revive militancy in Punjab and thus, everyone should be wary of all of its overtures, no matter how grand they appear to be. Also Read - I Have Total Control in Team And Selection Matters: Babar Azam
Singh said the demand for opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor was pending since partition as several holy Sikh shrines (Sri Nankana Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib) had been left in Pakistan. Even former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh had taken up the issue of opening the Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan, he added.
Singh also lashed out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for branding Sidhu as stooge of Khan. “The Sidhu affair was being unnecessarily hyped and those raising it had clearly failed to see the ISI game plan,” the Punjab CM said.
Captain also hit out at BJP Central leadership for ‘indulging’ in unwarranted controversy over his (Chief Minister’s) relations with Sidhu. This, he said, was in a bid to divert public attention from the core issue of Pakistan’s continued and deliberate perpetration of terror activities in Punjab with the ultimate aim of destabilising the border state.
It is to be noted here that Sidhu had attended the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 18 and declared that the neighbouring country has allow Sikh pilgrims from India direct access to the historic Gurdwara.
During his visit to Pakistan, Sidhu had faced ire for embracing the Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. The hug had been criticised by the opposition as well as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. However, Sidhu had defended his gesture, saying it was an emotional response after the general told him that Pakistan was making efforts to establish the corridor.