Imran rakes up Kashmir issue at Kartarpur, India reacts sharply

Imran rakes up Kashmir issue at Kartarpur, India reacts sharply

Imran rakes up Kashmir issue at Kartarpur, India reacts sharply

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made a strong pitch for betterment of India-Pakistan ties and said strong leadership is needed on both sides of the border for it.

"For 70 years, we have been fighting with each other... He was just talking about peace and brotherhood", he said. Previous disbelief in India over Khan's promises speaks to what analysts say is a fundamental truth about Pakistan.

Pakistani High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said that the corridor being opened is an important occasion as it signals that relations between Pakistan and India are improving.

The move to open the Kartarpur corridor has been welcomed by the Sikh community on both sides of the border as a "dream come true".

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 seed that Imran Khan sowed three months ago has become a tree now and me and 120 million Sikhs could not be happier", he said. He then said that if Sidhu decides to contest elections from Pakistan's Punjab, he will win.

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

"My father used to tell me that Punjab Mail went till Lahore, I believe that it can go further till Peshawar, till Afghanistan", he said.

Swaraj added: "But that doesn't mean that bilateral dialogue will start".

More recently, in September, India canceled a meeting between Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, citing the killing of a soldier by militants associated with Pakistan as the reason for pulling out.

Located on the banks of River Ravi in Narowal district, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib is only 3-4 km within Pakistan from the border with India.

The 4km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. "The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start".

He said the construction of the corridor will stand completed before the next birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in November. Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the ceremony.

"For the first time, Pakistan has responded positively to this", she added. Reiterating PMModi's statement while referring to the Berlin Wall, an emotional Badal said "If the Berlin wall can fall, even the walls between India and Pakistan will fall with this corridor".

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