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Pakistan denies ‘malicious’ intent regarding Kartarpur opening

Pakistan denies ‘malicious’ intent regarding Kartarpur opening

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Today marks the historic opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, but reports have emerged from a section of Indian media raising doubts about the true intentions of this event

Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor, one of the holiest places for Sikhs. It is where the founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak Devi Ji settled and preached for the last 18 years of his life and is his last resting place.

Last month, Pakistan and India signed an agreement paving the way for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor. The agreement included visa–free travel for over 5000 Indian Sikhs, with travel and accommodation arrangements being made by immigration offices.

However, leading up to this historic event, a section of Indian media has portrayed the event in a negative light by spreading theories about the ‘real’ intentions behind this opening regarding the Pakistan Army and the ISI by apparent ‘intelligence sources’.

On Monday, the Foreign Office dismissed these reports stating that this is a gesture of goodwill from Pakistan and that ‘attributing any other motive is purely malicious’.

The reports alleged the presence of a militant training camp in Narowal near the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. The FO categorically denied this further stating that ‘the Kartarpur spirit is aimed at facilitating Sikhs to visit one of their most revered places of worship and promoting inter-faith harmony’.

This event was organised to celebrate the 550th anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak and has been heavily praised by both Pakistanis and Indians on social media.

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