Terror camps in the district that hosts Kartarpur gurdwara: Intel

CHANDIGARH: He detected terrorist training activities in the Narowal border district in the Punjab province of Pakistan, the same district where Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located.

The intelligence alert was received less than a week after the opening of the Indian pilgrims.

The corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in the Indian Punjab with the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara located in the Punjab of Pakistan.

Intelligence agency sources said the terrorist training camps are located in Muridke, Shakargarh and Narowal in the Punjab province of Pakistan, where a considerable number of men and women camp and receive training.

These details emerged in a joint meeting of all the main security agencies in the country to discuss issues related to border management in Punjab.

The biggest challenge, the agencies said, is the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, as activities against India are likely to be carried out by hostile elements in Pakistan, especially those who may come into contact with pilgrims in the sanctuary.

TOI had previously reported that intelligence agencies were concerned about Pakistan's enthusiasm to open the Kartarpur corridor because it wanted to exploit Sikh feelings to support Jalistan's agenda in India.

The spill of Pakistan's mobile network up to 3-4 km into the Indian territory also worries the agencies. Sources at these agencies said the network spill can be used by drug traffickers and those involved in anti-national activities through the use of Pakistani SIM cards.

One of the central agencies, with the mandate to protect the borders in Punjab, asked the Punjab police to impose a ban on the use and possession of Pakistan SIM cards, in line with a recent ban imposed by the collector of the district of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan.

Another challenge for security agencies is the banned group, Sikhs for Justice, whose propaganda through digital media and overseas activities has been a cause for concern.