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‘Send somebody in the morning, by evening he returns as trained terrorist’ – Indian police chief on Kartarpur Corridor
Extremist groups are trying to woo and radicalize those arriving to Pakistan through the long-awaited visa-free Kartarpur Corridor launched several months ago, Indias police chief warned.
The 4.5km (2.7-mile) cross-border corridor used by India’s worshippers to visit a major Sikh holy site in Pakistan continues to pose “a huge security challenge” in terms of terrorism, Punjab State Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said at an Indian Express conference. He said that Pakistani-based extremists have made efforts to radicalize visitors while “trying to woo them, making overtures to them.”
Kartarpur offers a potential that you send somebody in the morning as an ordinary chap and by evening he comes back as trained terrorist actually. You are there for six hours, you can be taken to a firing range, you can be taught to make an IED.
“All those security concerns were put on the backburner” when the passage was launched, Gupta stated.
The corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Indian side and his counterpart Imran Khan on the Pakistani side with much fanfare last November. Sikhs use it for visa-free travel to the shrine built where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, is believed to have died in the 16th century.