A day before the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, a new controversy erupted on social media after the pictures of Pakistan exhibited the Indian bomb from the 1971 war at the Kartarpur site.
As per details, the bomb was dropped by Indian Air Force on Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur during the1971 war. The bomb has been displayed in a glass case with ‘Khanda’ a religious symbol of Sikh faith. A board put up beside the glass case, read “Miracle of Waheguruji.”
This is what would welcome visitors into #KartarpurSahib.
A bomb and a board saying India dropped the bomb in 1971 but the Gurudwara remained "unheart" (unhurt) and India's "evil" designs didn't materialise.#IndoPak MoU states #KartarpurCorridor will not be used for propaganda. pic.twitter.com/dvaQhtH2cL
— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) November 8, 2019
The board further states: “Indian Air Force dropped this Bomb during 1971 at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Sri Kartarpur Sahib with the aim to destroy it. However, this evil design could not be materialized due to the blessing of Waheguru Ji. The said bomb landed into Sri Khoo Sahib (Sacred Well) and this Darbar Sahib remained unhurt (sic). It is pertinent to mention that this is the same sacred well from where Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji used to get water to irrigate his fields.”
The picture was first released by Indian journalist Geeta Mohan of India Today, who is on the visit to Pakistan for the coverage of the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor. The Indian government has refrained from commenting on the controversy.
The controversy surfaced just a few days after Indians had expressed disapproval of song released by Pakistan for the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor, featuring a glimpse of slain Sikh separatist leader Jarnail Singh, accusing Pakistan of blowing off the lid from its intention of fuelling Khalistan movement through Kartarpur Corridor initiative.
Pakistani social media users busted the conspiracy asserted that the bomb has been displayed by the Pakistani Sikh community since Zia-ul-Haq’s conspiracy.
Pak's Sikh community exhibits this, showing this since it was dropped. Its not matter of one day or night. Sometimes its better to remain unbiased even for a journo like you.#KartarpurCorridor
— Muhammad Shaban (@ShabanCh) November 9, 2019
This board was put here by the Pak Sikh community during Zia's era…
They revel in the story that a bomb dropped here by the Indian forces (fact) could not harm the sacred place!
Its history bro…and a sign of what the two countries would lose if a war strikes between them!
— rabia khan (@princessofdhump) November 8, 2019
This bomb is there since it was dropped and discovered from well during 80s expansion so nothing new
— Desi Chaudhry (@DessiChaudhry) November 8, 2019
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale along with a large number of his followers was killed in a Blue Star operation by Indian Armed forces held in Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.
Pakistan had promised the Sikh community of completing the project before the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. PM Khan had asserted that instead of Wagah Border the Sikh community will be facilitated to travel Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor this year, which is also the shortest route.
@PMOIndia @HMOIndia @MEAIndia pls take note, if this picture is authentic then it is a serious violation of Kartarpur MOU by Pakistan. It is a planned move to subvert visiting devotees against India… Can have long term effect.
— Jayanta Ganguli (@jayantaganguli) November 8, 2019
Nearly 5000 Sikh devotees are expected to visit Pakistan for the grand religious festival of 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak Dev.