PM Imran Inaugurated Ground-breaking of Kartarpur corridor

29 November, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Interior Minister Sheryar Afridi, Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed and other government ministers attended the ground-breaking ceremony in Narowal while a large number of Sikhs - both Indian and local - were also present on the occasion.

In his tweet, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal said, "The world comes together for the #PakistanKartarpurSpirit - diplomats attending the groundbreaking ceremony". The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.

"Hopefully we will not have to wait for Sidhu to become prime minister for relations to improve between the two countries and before that, Indian leadership will take positive steps", Khan said.

PM Imran Khan (C) arrives for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur on November 28, 2018.

"If France and Germany who fought several wars can live in peace, why can't India and Pakistan", Imran Khan said.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone to kickstart the construction of the corridor which will connect the final resting place of Guru Nanak, Sikhism's founder, in Kartarpur, Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur in India's Punjab.

S.M. Qureshi interacting with Indian journalists. Credit Devirupa Mitra
S.M. Qureshi interacting with Indian journalists. Credit Devirupa Mitra

"It should not lead to a breakdown of the relationship between India and Pakistan", Raghavan, who is also the author of the book, "The People Next Door: The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations, said". The past teaches us that we must move forward.

Sharing her experience about the visit, Ms Badal said, "Politics must be left aside on Kartarpur issue". But here, we move forward and then we move backwards. "We want a civilised relationship", Khan said during his speech at the event.

Senior Indian journalist Jyoti Malhotra on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan's message for peace and slammed the Modi government's "irresponsible" response to the opening of Kartarpur border corridor, ARY News reported. Khan said while addressing the gathering. "Every time we take one step ahead, we slide two steps behind", he said. He said Pakistan is entering a new phase of peace, adding that Naya Pakistan is safe for all people. "It is not an enthusiasm or a laughter challenge from Sidhu", the minister said.

The prime minister said ties between the two countries in the last seventy years require retrospection and read a Punjabi verse of poet Muneer Niazi, saying both the sides have erred in the past.

Khan praised Sidhu for his quick wit and affability and once again called for a resolution of issues between both the neighbouring countries.

Sikh pilgrims coming from other countries can land at Lahore and Sialkot global airports and reach to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib from the old route.

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