It is nothing but stupidity of the highest order that politicians of India are not ready to learn any lessons from repeated betrayals by Pakistan and always indulges in day dreaming. This alone explains why inspite of so much of tension between India and Pakistan, India foolishly once again decided to trust Pakistan and go ahead with holding the second meeting with Pakistan to discuss modalities for the Kartarpur corridor! What did India get in return? Once again India was compelled to call off the meet with Islamabad on April 2 over legitimate concerns about the inclusion of pro-Khalistani activists in a Pakistani committee to facilitate Sikh pilgrims!
Why do our politicians behave so shamelessly and senselessly? Why do politicians expect that Pakistan will not play the Khalistan card to foment unrest in Punjab? Should Kartarpur corridor be opened at all under such circumstances? What has happened to our politicians?
Why can’t politicians of India nuke all relations with Pakistan and label it as “Aatankistan” as demanded by Maulana Mehmood Madani and BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar long time back when he was an independent MP? Why politicians of India want to give Pakistan an opportunity to create unrest in Punjab? Why can’t we just lay off totally from Pakistan?
How can religion be above nation? How can religious interests be above national interests? Why our politicians repeatedly want to give Pakistan one more chance? Do they understand the consequences of what they do?
No wonder that on Pakistan’s 10-member panel we saw a man who demanded Sikh referendum last year. Sources said that the induction of Gopal Singh Chawla on the 10-member committee of the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) which will “help facilitate” the visit of Indians pilgrims to the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. It is this same Gopal Singh Chawla who had played a key role in raising pro-Khalistan slogans and putting up posters on a Sikh referendum in November 2018 during the visit of pilgrims!
What was most shocking was that Centre decided to adopt a “relax” approach and “care a damn” approach and did not lodge any protest? Should we be proud of it? What did we get in return? Now that same Gopal Singh Chawla is on the 10-member committee of Pakistan panel! Had Centre strongly protested at the first place perhaps they had dared not bring him in the panel! But for inexplicable and undisclosed relations, Centre for the sake of Sikh pilgrims decided to bite the bullet!
Centre must stop biting the bullet! Centre must not fritter away the extreme goodwill that it has generated after the Balakot air strike among the people! What did Centre get by declaring Ramzan ka ceasefire with Pakistan and terrorists? It gave them a golden opportunity to pounce on our soldiers, kill them and behead them! Can any Indian be ever proud of this so called “Ramzan ka ceasefire”? When there is no Holi ka ceasefire or Diwali ka ceasefire or Christmas ka ceasefire then why Ramzan ka ceasefire? Does Pakistan or its army or terrorists ever care for it? They use it as a golden opportunity to kill more soldiers of ours on the border areas! Shame on our leaders who give them such a golden opportunity! One hopes that no politician will ever again place Pakistan and terrorists above nation! Terrorists have no nation yet repeatedly our leaders stupidly, shamelessly and senselessly declare “Ramzan ka ceasefire”! Terrorists have no religion then why link Ramzan with terrorists? It is for our leaders to ponder upon!
What’s more, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry not just announced Chawla’s inclusion but also went ahead to announce at last three other pro-Khalistan elements – Tara Singh, Bishon Singh and Kuljeet Singh. What could Centre do under such circumstances? India should have cancelled Kartarpur but our reaction once again was mild and we decided to just postpone talks!
Needless to say, Kartarpur corridor represents the best opportunity for Pakistan to revive militancy in Punjab. Who is allowing them to do this? Centre if it decides to go ahead with Kartarpur corridor as we all are seeing for ourselves. Who will be most happy with Kartarpur corridor? Pakistan, terrorists and the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu whom BJP keeps criticizing so frequently yet is determined to fulfil his “dangerous and divisive” agenda of fully opening Kartarpur corridor in the name of Sikh pilgrims getting an opportunity to visit the birthsite of Guru Nanak!
To be sure, sources said that, “These developments have raised fresh concerns in India about the safety and security of pilgrims from India and misuse of the corridor for anti-India activities. India has made amply clear in the meeting and draft agreement that Kartarpur Sahib Corridor shall not be misused for any anti-India propaganda and activities. India has been strongly emphasizing on the need for foolproof security of pilgrims on Pakistani soil and demanding commitment from Pakistan to insulate them from any anti-India propaganda or activity during their visit to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.”
What does Centre think it is doing? What does Centre think that Pakistan will honour its commitments of not fuelling anti-India propaganda from its soil? Why Centre places Sikh religion above India? Why is Centre not ready to learn anything from our past experiences with Pakistan?
How long will our leaders hope that Pakistan will address India’s concerns at the earliest? How long will our leaders overlook photos of dreaded slain terrorist Bhindrawale pasted all over the route to the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib not sparing even the Gurudwara also as we saw with our own eyes on various news channels? How long will our leaders overlook photo of Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa with dreaded Khalistani terror leaders shaking hands and congratulating each other obviously for being able to fool our leaders who are not ready to see the stark reality which even an insane person can see through? It is for our leaders to decide!
At a time when our nation is on the verge of war with Pakistan, should we even think of opening the Kartarpur corridor let alone open it? Don’t we read nowadays frequently that our alert planes forced Pakistani planes to flee back when they tried to sneak into India? Should then religion be placed above nation? Sikh or Hindus or Muslims or Christians cannot be above our nation that is India!
Don’t our leaders know that Pakistan always indulges in double-speak? Don’t our leaders know that Islamabad is surreptitiously usurping land belonging to Kartarpur Singh Gurudwara in the name of developing the corridor? Don’t we know that India and Pakistan signed a pact in 1974 to facilitate visit of their pilgrims to the shrines located in each other’s territories but Kartarpur Sahib was not included despite repeated Indian requests?
Which reasonable person will ever trust Pakistan when it has been repeatedly betraying India and mercilessly killing our soldiers and not sparing even our women and children? How can BJP which proudly calls itself “party of chowkidar” and PM Narendra Modi who always proudly calls himself “chowkidar” do the stupidity most senselessly and most shamelessly of trusting Pakistan again and allowing Khalistani terrorists to misuse this route for their own dangerous and divisive agenda of “Khalistan 2020” as they keep propagating in UK, Canada, USA etc? At whose instance? Only and only BJP and PM Narendra Modi can best answer this!
All talks on Kartarpur corridor must be called off and similarly there should be no talks on opening of Sharda corridor for Hindu pilgrims or any other corridor because nation and national interest come first, always and every time and the religion and religious interest comes next, always and everytime! It is our politicians who ought to remember this always!
By Sanjeev Sirohi