Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, which will facilitate easy passage to Sikh pilgrims to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
While addressing the gathering, CM Amarinder Singh warned Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa and said that his government will not allow anyone to enter Punjab and vitiate the atmosphere.
“I am warning you( Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa), we are also Punjabis, you will not be allowed to enter here and vitiate the atmosphere. We Punjabis know how to give a befitting reply to such forces,” Singh said.
He further questioned Bajwa that “which army teaches to violate ceasefire and kill jawans on the other side”.
“Which army teaches to send people to attack Pathankot and Amritsar? This is cowardness,” Singh added.
Continuing his tirade against the Pakistan army chief, Singh said, “It is my duty to maintain peace in Punjab. But, there are people like Bajwa who want to create disturbances. I will not allow such conspiracies. Bajwa should wake up. Only the Army runs the government in Pakistan.
“The Pakistan PM should control the Army and ISI. We have a bigger army than Pakistan. There is a limit of tolerance. People are telling me on Facebook to go to Pakistan. But I can’t go until there is peace,” he added.
Singh also added that he will not attend the inauguration ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan.
“Stop the attacks on Indian soil. This is why I am not going on to Pakistan despite an invitation from them. As a Sikh, I wanted to attend the Pakistan ceremony. But I am also the CM of Punjab,” he said.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu seconded Singh saying that the government cannot allow terrorism and let innocents die.
The decision to build the passage — from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border — was taken by the Union Cabinet on November 22.
Kartarpur is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab. Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, had spent more than 18 years of his life there.
The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of the Ravi river, about three-four km from the border in Pakistan.
Three people were killed and 20 injured when two motorcycle-borne men threw a grenade at the Nirankari Bhawan in Adliwal village in Rajasansi area, about 15 km from Amritsar, on November 18.
Amarinder Singh had accused the Pakistani Intelligence Agency ISI for the attack on Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar saying the incident was a “pure case of terrorism”.