During the foundation stone laying ceremony for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur on Wednesday, Khalistani terrorist Gopal Chawla was seen with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
His presence with the Pak PM raises several questions. Wearing yellow turban, he was also seen shaking hands with the Pakistan Army chief Qamar Bajwa.
Chawla was earlier seen with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Commenting on the development, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat said, reported news agency ANI, “Everybody talks about giving peace a chance. You see what the government said today. This (Kartarpur Corridor) is to be seen in isolation. It shouldn't be linked to anything else.”
Indian media taking a myopic view is selectively showing Mr. Gopal Chawla meeting COAS. Army Chief met all guests at the venue irrespective of identity. A peace initiative should not be subjected to propaganda. @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/NMkQ17PhKn— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) November 28, 2018
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.
Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is expected to be completed within six months.
The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year.
(With inputs from agencies)