Kartarpur survived despite Pulwama, Art 370 as ‘power larger than’ Imran pushed it

New Delhi: India on Wednesday said it does not see agreeing to the Kartarpur project as a ‘mistaken decision’ and rather considers it to be a ‘corridor of peace and an instrument to move ahead’ in establishing a peaceful and harmonious relationship with Pakistan.
But those in the know of things say India’s security establishment is “very very conscious” of the pitfalls as there have been ‘sporadic reports’ of Sikhs radicalisation in the Gurudwaras there.
To a question, the source said having sat over the project for 19 years, since August 2018, the Pakistan government took up the Kartarpur project with some kind of a ‘military zeal’.
“It was done with great deal of enthusiasm….,” the source said, adding that it ought to be appreciated that
the Kartarpur project survived two major bilateral crisis – the Pulwama terror strike and also the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“There were escalated rhetoric on everything else but the Kartarpur corridor survived. That only shows that power larger than the popular government and the civil leadership in Pakistan has been pushing it,” the source maintained.
Against this backdrop the source clarified – “We are doing everything to ensure that there is security compromise”.
“However, the big picture remains we have concerns about Pakistan has been attempting to achieve its sinister and larger objectives, but we see opening of the Kartarpur Corridor as essentially a positive step for the pilgrims,” the source maintained.
It has been clarified from New Delhi that the request to open the corridor – about 4.7 kilometres from the Pakistan-India border – is pending since 1999 when the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal had raised it in the month of February during the famous Bus Yatra to Lahore.