ISLAMABAD: imply days earlier than the formal inauguration of first-ever visa-free border crossing between Pakistan and India, Islamabad on Monday rejected some Indian media stories attributed to “intelligence sources”, insinuating presence of alleged “coaching camps” in Narowal close to the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
The report revealed by DNAIndia alleged that “Indian intelligence companies have noticed terrorist coaching actions within the border district of Narowal in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the identical district the place Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located”.
“Sources within the intelligence companies mentioned terrorist coaching camps are located at Muridke, Shakargarh, and Narowal in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the place “a considerable variety of women and men are reportedly tenting and present process coaching,” the report alleged.
However the Overseas Workplace in an announcement strongly rebutted the Indian media claims as completely baseless.
“Pakistan’s Kartarpur Spirit is aimed toward facilitating Nanak Naamlevas, particularly Sikhs, to go to considered one of their most revered locations of worship and selling inter-faith concord. The content material of the media stories in query is a part of a malicious propaganda marketing campaign in India that can’t be condemned sufficient,” the communiqué learn.
It famous that the unfounded allegations about Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib getting used for any objective aside from worship had been a “deliberate try to misrepresent Pakistan’s goodwill gesture, undermine the hall initiative, and damage the spiritual sentiments of Sikhs everywhere in the world”.
“We have now little question that such mischievous makes an attempt could be rejected with the contempt that they deserve,” the assertion mentioned.
The controversy got here simply days earlier than Prime Minister Imran Khan is about to inaugurate the historic Kartarpur Hall that will permit Indian pilgrims notably Sikhs entry to Kartarpur Shrine with out visa.
The 2 nations formally signed the settlement to operationalise the hall that will join Dera Baba Nanak in India with Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, situated solely over 4 kilometres from the worldwide border in district Narowal.
The prime minister, in a particular gesture, waived off passport requirement for Sikh pilgrims in addition to 10-day advance discover for pilgrims intending to go to Kartarpur.
The inauguration of the mission just isn’t affected by the general worsening ties between the 2 nations since India revoked the particular standing of disputed Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.