Kartarpur Corridor: Succumbing Under Pressure, Pakistan Removes Khalistani Radical Gopal Singh Chawala From Pak Sikh Body

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Relenting under the pressure of the Indian government, Islamabad takes off Khalistani radical Gopal Singh Chawla from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Committee.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Relenting under the pressure of the Indian government, Islamabad takes off Khalistani radical Gopal Singh Chawla from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Committee.

The significant development comes a day from the federal government of Pakistan ahead of the India-Pakistan meeting over the Kartarpur corridor on the other side of the border. 

India had categorically expressed its displeasure over the appointment of Chawla, who is known to be the right-hand man of 26/11 mastermind and UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed. 

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India sought clarification on his Chawla's role in the panel, further sought the steps taken by Pakistan to address the concerns over his involvement in anti-India activities, sources added, keeping in mind the highest priority for India is the security and safety of the Indian pilgrims in Pakistan, which the Indian side said is "non-negotiable". 

Earlier in March, India had summoned Pakistan's deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah and conveyed concerns over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist Chawla in the committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor project.

Indian and Pakistani experts are set to meet on Sunday at the Wagah Border to chalk out the agreement for finalising the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor and related technical issues. Amid the development, Government sources have told that during the meeting the Indian side is likely to raise concerns to Pakistan over the appointment of Khalistani terrorist and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed's aide Gopal Singh Chawla in the Kartarpur Corridor panel.

Meanwhile, as per government sources, there are some major differences between India and Pakistan over the construction of Kartarpur corridor. Sources have told that Pakistan has yet not agreed to build the elevated road asked by India to prevent the possible disruption caused by the flooding of Ravi river in the corridor path. While the neighbouring country has only agreed to build a causeway, India will have to build stairs on the way to thwart the problem for the Indian pilgrims. As present, 60% of the highway construction is over on the Indian side, along with the construction of passenger terminal which currently is also progressing well. However, the construction work on the Pakistan side remains relatively slow. 

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