Chandigarh, November 6: With slain Khalistan ideologue Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and poster of "Khalistan 2020" featuring in Pakistan's Kartarpur Corridor song, Chief Minister of India's Punjab state, Captain Amarinder Singh, said the agencies need to be more vigilant once the corridor turns operational. The video of song released by Islamabad reaffirms the apprehension that there could be a "hidden agenda", the Punjab CM said on Wednesday. Navjot Singh Sidhu Unlikely to Travel to Pakistan for Inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor: Sources.
Amarinder, while speaking to reporters, said he has been warning the authorities "since day one" that there could be a deeper ploy by Pakistan behind opening of the Kartarpur corridor. The love and affection shown by Pakistan on one hand could be comprehended by a sinister strategy on the other, he claimed.
"India needs to be careful. Punjab, being a border state, will have to remain on high alert," Amarinder said, even as he welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur corridor which has fulfilled a near-seven-decade-old demand of the Sikh community.
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The video, which the Chief Minister referred to, was released by Pakistan on Tuesday. The four-minute video clip, while showcasing all Sikh religious shrines in the nation, also showed glimpses of Bhindranwale, Major General Shabeg Singh and Amrik Singh Khalsa -- the three separatist leaders who were killed in the security operation carried out by India inside the Golden Temple in 1984.
The Kartarpur corridor, connecting the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India - located 4 km away from the international border - with the Darbar Sahib shrine in Kartarpur will be opened up on Saturday, November 9.
The inauguration ceremony on the Indian side will be held on Friday, in the attendance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Saturday morning, the delegation of Sikh pilgrims including Amarinder Singh and former Indian PM Manmohan Singh will be crossing over to the Pakistani side.
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