Kartarpur Corridor: In half-hearted attempt, Pak replaces Khalistani leaders with another in committee
After protests from India, Pakistan removed major pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Chawla among others from the Kartarpur Gurudwara committee. It has, however, replaced these leaders with another Khalistani leader Ameer Singh.
India had been raising concerns and objections regarding the inclusion of anti-India elements in a committee that is critical to the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. (File photo)
A day before the all-important meeting between India and Pakistan on the development of the Kartarpur Corridor is to be held at the Wagah border, the Imran Khan-led government has made some major changes to the committee, removing names of Khalistani leaders including Gopal Singh Chawla.
The Federal Government announced that it has reconstituted the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC).
Gopal Singh Chawla’s name has now been removed along with at least three other Khalistani leaders. India had been raising concerns and objections regarding the inclusion of anti-India elements in a committee that is critical to the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.
However, in a major development, India Today TV has learnt that while pro-Khalistan leaders have been removed from the list, the group still finds representation in the committee — through a Khalistani leader’s brother.
Another Khalistani leader Ameer Singh, who is also the brother of Bishan Singh, has replaced his brother, another pro-Khalistan leader whose name was removed from the committee.
Ameer Singh is among the frontline supporters of the Khalistan movement in Pakistan.
Gopal Chawla happy to be called Khalistani leader
Exclusively speaking to India Today TV, Gopal Chawla reacted to the Pakistan government’s decision, expressing pleasure and happiness at being termed a Khalistani leader.
“I am happy today because I have been officially declared as a Khalistan leader”, said Gopal Chawla exclusively speaking to India Today TV.
Gopal Chawla said that he is not affected by removal from the committee as the opening of the Kartapur Corridor holds much greater importance than any committee.
“Opening of the Kartarpur Corridor has got nothing to do with Khalistan movement, or any committee or any individual. It is a great initiative by Prime Minister Imran Khan”, said Gopal Chawla adding that if his sacrifice of being removed from the committee can help in opening the corridor, he accepts it happily.