India slams Imran Khan for ‘politicising’ Kartarpur event by raking up Kashmir

Marsha Scott
November 29, 2018

He was just talking about peace & brotherhood. "While there is blood in my veins, I will continue to thank both governments", he said.

Solangi said the Kartarpur corridor and people-to-people contacts might bring about a slight change in the narrative "Without understanding on the Indian side this may even be counterproductive given the Sikh insurgency of the 1980s", he added.

The Gurdwara is also notable for its location near the border between Pakistan and India.

On Wednesday, Sidhu congratulated his "friend" Khan for the Kartarpur Corridor initiative and hoped that there would be love and peace between both the nations.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor, in Pakistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran who laid the foundation stone on Wednesday said that the only issue between India and Pakistan is Kashmir; and it all needs is just two capable leadership to resolve this issue. If we can't fight a war, because no one wins an atom war, then the only other way is friendship, he said. It takes two to tango, he said, adding that both sides needed to come together to do this. If he contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he'll win for sure.

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The ground-breaking ceremony came on a days when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj declared that there will be no dialogue with Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India. "The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start".

Kartarpur corridor is a proposed border-corridor between India and Pakistan connecting the Sikh holy shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib with the holy shrine of Kartarpur Sahib in Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab. Following the fallout, Nepal, as the current chair of Saarc, had urged all member states to create a conducive environment for 19th Saarc summit in line with the spirit of the Saarc charter. The Gurdwara was home to Guru Nanak Dev, one of the leaders of the faith for 18 years and he died there in 1539.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu too left for Pakistan yesterday for the same ceremony.

The Kartarpur corridor is a 3-km long road network that connects Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan to Gurdaspur in India's Punjab.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had hinted at opening the Kartarpur border on the occasion of Baba Guru Nanak's birth anniversary next year for Sikh pilgrims when he met cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu during the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Khan in August. "And for the first time, Pakistan has responded positively to this".

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