As tensions in India rise with Sikh individuals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has hinted that they might close the Kartarpur Corridor due to several issues. In a statement by Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of India stated that India has been consistently taking up concerns with Pakistan over some issues but Pakistan is not responding.
The Kartarpur corridor
The statement stated that India has been constantly raising concerns on the impositions of $20 fee for Kartarpur corridor visit and a mandatory passport by the individual to access Guru Nanak’s temple. According to reports, Kartarpur corridor was inaugurated by Former Prime Minister Imran Khan as it was a way for Sikh community to visit the Guru Nanak temple that is the most sacred place for Sikhs all around the world.
The official agreement stated that 5000 pilgrims will visit from India to Pakistan on a daily basis and there were plans to increase the number of Sikhs visiting in the next few years. However, there have only been almost 200 visitors coming on a daily basis till now. Moreover, this issue arises as tensions between the Indian government and the Sikh community are on the edge.
Tensions between India and Canada
It came after the leader of the Sikh party Hardeep Singh was brutally murdered by India. He was a Canadian citizen and Canada has taken strict action against it after they expelled the Indian official from their country. Canada has also closed its embassy in India and called their diplomats back home after which India has restricted the Canadian passport in their country. According to sources, tensions between India and Canada are at an all-time high as recently the Indian Cyber Force, a group of Indian hackers has also hacked the website of Canadian Air Force.