Updated: November 6, 2019 11:40:03 am
The video of the official Punjabi song welcoming Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan for the Kartarpur Corridor, released by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Monday, shows posters of Khalistani separatist leaders Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Maj Gen Shabeg Singh and Amrik Singh Khalsa in the background in one part.
All three were killed when the Indian Army stormed Golden Temple in June 1984 in Operation Blue Star to free it from terrorists holed inside.
An image of Akal Takht, the supreme Sikh temporal body located in the Golden Temple complex, also features in the poster.
The song shows clips of Sikh pilgrims visiting several gurdwaras across Pakistan, and the poster is visible in the clip featuring Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak.
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The development comes in the wake of repeated fears expressed by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Indian intelligence agencies that Pakistan could use the Kartarpur corridor, scheduled to be opened on November 9, and Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations, to revive militancy in Punjab, and to promote ‘Referendum 2020’ movement, started by an organisation called Sikhs for Justice, with tacit support from ISI.
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Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who visited Pakistan during the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2018, also feature in the video. The lyrics emphasise affinity of Sikhs and Muslims. It says, blessed are those who recite the ‘Kalima’ or greet with ‘Sat Sri Akal’.
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