NDTV – Pro-Khalistan leader seen with Pakistan Army Chief at Kartarpur event

Gopal Singh Chawla, the pro-Khalistani leader, had earlier stopped Indian officials from visiting a Gurdwara in Lahore to meet Sikh pilgrims who had travelled from India.

Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh

Kartarpur – Panjab – Pakistan, 28 November 2018. As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan talked peace and “civilized ties” with India at the Kartarpur corridor event today, the country’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was seen greeting a pro-Khalistani leader on the sidelines of the ground-breaking ceremony.

Gopal Singh Chawla, the pro-Khalistani leader, had earlier stopped Indian officials from visiting a Gurudwara in Lahore to meet Sikh pilgrims who had travelled from India.

Chawla is reportedly the general secretary of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. His name came up in investigations into a grenade attack earlier this month in Amritsar in which three were killed.

He is also believed to be close to terrorist Hafiz Saeed and has also been photographed with him.

Chawla’s presence at the ground-breaking ceremony attended by Indian ministers and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, raised questions.

Reacting to the photos of the pro-Khalistan activist with the Pakistan army chief, Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat said: “Everybody talks about giving peace a chance. You see what the government said today.

This (#KartarpurCorridor) is to be seen in isolation. It shouldn’t be linked to anything else.” He was underscoring Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement earlier today that the Kartarpur corridor between the two countries would not lead to talks unless Pakistan stopped sponsoring terror.

The Khalistan movement, which called for a separate Khalistan to be carved out of Punjab, saw large-scale violence in the 1980s until a heavy crackdown by the police.

The four-km corridor will provide a road from Gurdaspur in East Punjab to Kartarpur in West Punjab, to enable Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the famous Gurdwara across the border where Guru Nanak spent his final years.

Urging peace between the two nations at the event, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said: “We should have the determination and strength to improve our relationships and to live as good neighbours.

Today, I am saying that my party, I and my army are all standing together on one page. We want to move forward. We want a civilised relationship.”

Those who defend the right of self-determination of Jammu & Kashmir or Panjab are branded as terrorist by the Indian authorities and the Indian Media.
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Times of India – Peshawar crematorium triggers verbal duel between DSGMC, PSGPC

Yudhvir Rana

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 19 May 2018. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (PSGPC) have locked horns over the logjam on the construction of the Peshawar cremation ground.

In a blame game, DSGMC has put the onus on the PSGPC for misleading the Sikh community and also questioned its stoic silence on the criticism of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev by Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Abdul Rehman Makki.

Talking to TOI on Friday, DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK said PSGPC general secretary Gopal Singh Chawla had been misleading the Pakistani Sikh community on the cremation ground and was issuing baseless statements.

He questioned Chawla for holding a meeting of terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib recently and the committee’s silence on objectionable uttering against Guru Nanak Dev by Saeed’s brother-in-law Makki.

The spate of allegations began after a Sikh from Peshawar, Gurpal Singh filed a writ petition in the Peshawar high court seeking to direct the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to release Rs 3 crore as allocated by it in the 2017-18 budget to build a crematorium for the Sikhs and a graveyard for Christians.

GK asked the Pakistan government to allot a land for the crematorium in the absence of which he claimed that Sikhs of Peshawar were forced to bury the deceased. He had also offered financial assistance for the construction work.

“I had offered to contribute to both DSGMC and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for the construction of the crematorium,” said GK.

Chawla in his video uploaded on social media on Friday advised GK to restrain himself from resolving issues related to Sikhs and India and intervening in the affairs of Sikhs in Pakistan.

He also denied Sikhs were forced to bury the deceased in graveyards. On the financial assistance offer by GK, Chawla, a close confident of Hafiz Seed, boasted that Sikhs of Peshawar were quite affluent and could send money to DSGMC. He had also claimed that there was a crematorium situated about 10 km from Peshawar.

GK said the nearest crematorium was at Attock, some 45km from Peshawar and blamed Chawla for lying to the community.