Hardeep Singh Puri, Union minister of state for Housing and urban affairs, reiterated that the work of the #KartarpurCorridor in the Indian side is progressing at full swing and is expected to be completed as scheduled within the next five months, to be open for devotees on the eve of Guru Nanak’s birthday. The ministers statement came amidst the tension between India and Pakistan over the tragic terrorist attack in Pulwama, India, killing more than forty forces deployed in Kashmir.
There was widespread apprehension and speculations about the future of the Kartarpur project after a cloud of war looms in the subcontinent amidst strong statements between politicians of both the countries. Indian prime minister had prompted an attack on Pakistan, to which Imran Khan replied with counter threat of retaliation. India is taking steps in all possible ways to ensure that Pakistan is cornered globally on terror issues.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, which is the national governing body for cricket in India is advocating that Pakistan be denied to play in International cricket. India is reported to have denied visa to pakistani players in an Olympics event scheduled in India, and as a measure has been banned from hosting any Olympics event till further notice. The Film fraternity has unanimously decided to bar Pakistani artists in Indian films, amidst widespread public sentiments in India over the martyr of Indian security forces, alleged to be masterminded from Pakistan.
Devotees of Guru Nanak in India and across the world were debating whether the proposed Kartarpur Corridor be eventually opened, being concerned over the hostile environment between the two countries. There was no government level statement on the Kartarpur Corridor project from India after the terror attack, which fuelled the anticipation. Today’s statement by the Union minister of state was welcomed by the Sikh community and all are in hopes that the tension between the two countries, which is going on for the past seventy years, does not cast a shadow on the Kartarpur project.