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“Army with me on India ties,”Imran Khan

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Published on November 29, 2018 with No Comments

 

There had been demands from the Shiromanni Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and political leaders to build a corridor that would allow the pilgrims to cross over into Pakistan from the Indian side to visit the Kartarpur Sahib shrine and return the same day

  • The corridor, once built, will give Indian pilgrims an easy access to the shrine in Kartarpur
  • A bridge will need to be constructed over the Ravi and there shall be no need for passports or visas
  • India will build the corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the International Border, as informed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh
  • Singh also informed that a high-level committee chaired by him will regularly review, monitor and oversee the implementation of activities to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak
  • India had first proposed the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in 1999 when the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a bus ride to Lahore.

 

Kashmir sole issue

  • We have one issue which is Kashmir. Humans have reached the Moon. Which issue can’t be solved? Can’t we solve one issue? We only need determined leadership on both sides. — Imran Khan, Pakistan PM

Regrettable: MEA

  • It is deeply regrettable that Pakistan PM chose to politicise the pious occasion meant to realise the long-pending demand of the Sikh community by making unwarranted reference to J&K. — MEA

Imran on Sidhu

  • I hope we do not have to wait till Sidhu becomes Wazir-e-Azam.I want a good relationship with India. People want peace… Pakistan will take two steps if India takes one step. — Imran Khan, Pakistan PM

“In last 48 hours, I have seen history and miracles taking place in front of my eye. There is so much joy on both sides. If the Berlin wall came down, if North and South Korea could settle their differences, if Germany and France can settle their differences, it’s time that our wall of hatred should come down too,” Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Pitching for the normalisation of Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan  said his government, the army and all political parties in the country are on the same page to improve ties with India and asserted that all issues, including Kashmir, can be resolved with “strength and will” of leadership of the two countries.

Khan, who will completed 100 days in office on Thursday, laid the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur corridor linking two revered gurdwaras on both sides of the border here and used the ceremony to reach out to India, favouring steps to improve strained ties.

He said if France and Germany can have close and friendly ties after the bitter history of fiercely fighting with each other, then why can’t India and Pakistan mend their relationship.

Khan mentioned Kashmir as the one major issue between the two countries but did not talk about cross-border terrorism, which India has been maintaining as a major stumbling block for resumption of talks between the two sides.

In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry criticised Khan for referring to Kashmir in such a pious ceremony and reminded Pakistan that cross-border terrorism is a major issue.

The event was attended by Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Hasimrat Singh Badal and cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu. Praising Sidhu’s effort for peace between the two countries, Khan said  he had become very popular in Pakistan and if he ran in elections here, he would win.

Khan said he understood the happiness of the Sikh community following the decision of both sides to develop the corridor linking Darbar Sahib in Pakistan — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak — with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur.

“The happiness I see in you today, if I were to explain to my Muslim brother and sisters, is that imagine that you are standing 4 km outside Medina (a city in Saudi Arabia where the Prophet is buried) and cannot go in, and you are then given the chance to go. That is the happiness I see here,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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