Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat afraid of Indian Sikh officers and troops visit to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD - Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat afraid of Indian Sikh officers and troops visit to Pakistan
Indian Army link
has issued important instructions for its personnel desirous of visiting the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, Times of India has reported.
According to Army sources, guidelines have been issued twice in November for the personnel who wish to visit the most revered shrine of Sikhs in Pakistan link
through the recently-opened Kartarpur corridor.
In the guidelines, the Army has also asked its personnel to be careful while visiting there as they are bound to come in contact with foreign nationals.
Army sources said since the personnel of the force would be visiting Pakistan which is considered as the main adversary, the troops would be required to be extra cautious during the pilgrimage.
The Indian Army has a large number of Sikh officers and troops in its ranks. Its three regiments including the Sikh Regiment, Sikh Light Infantry Regiment and the Punjab Regiment mainly comprise Sikh troops from Punjab and neighbouring states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
On November 9, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan link
inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate the visa-free entry of Indian Sikh pilgrims to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak link
Pakistan has been claiming the Kartarpur corridor to be the brainchild of Imran Khan, its railways minister Sheikh Rashid recently said that the opening of the corridor was the brainchild of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa link
and asserted that it will hurt India forever.