A video song on Kartarpur Corridor released by the Pakistan government a day ago has led to a fresh row. The opening song of Kartarpur Corridor features Sikh pilgrims and gurdwaras in many parts of the country; it has already gone viral on social media. However, the video gained traction on social media platforms as it featured pictures of three slain Khalistani separatist leaders.
One of the pictures displayed in the video's background shows Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Amrik Singh Khalsa and Major General (Dismissed) Shabeg Singh. All these Khalistani separatist leaders were killed during Operation Blue Star in June 1984.
However, their posters in the video is hardly a surprise as they can also be found in many gurdwaras in Pakistan and India, including the Golden Temple complex, where a memorial has also been made to respect them.
India has raised concerns with Pakistan over Kartarpur Corridor video with pictures of three slain Khalistani leaders in the background. India said that it hoped that Pakistan will show that they do not support such anti-India activities.
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a pro-Khalistan leader, who headed a religious organisation called Damdami Taksal. Amrik Singh Khalsa was another pro-Khalistani Sikh student leader and headed the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSD), which is now banned.
Shabeg Singh was a dismissed army officer and was present with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale during the Operation Blue Star. He is believed to be one of the key military advisors of Bhindranwale.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said earlier that Pakistan cannot be trusted as its love for the Sikh community was sudden and also because the community was waiting for the opening of the corridor for the last 70 years.
"We cannot trust Pakistan and we should keep our eyes open as the corridor can be misused by the ISI. Controversial referendum 2020 campaign is already on in Pakistan," said Captain Amarinder Singh.