Kartarpur corridor opening is huge success for Pakistan: FO

Hugh Fox
November 29, 2018

If we can't fight a war, because no one wins an atom war, then the only other way is friendship, he said. India points fingers at Pakistan, and Pakistan points fingers at India. "However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture".

Welcoming the initiative for the corridor he said: "It's a good development because, in a situation where nothing is moving forward between India and Pakistan, it's good that we are moving on a certain issue". "Bilateral dialogue and the Kartarpur corridor are two different things", said Swaraj at a press conference in Hyderabad.

"We want to have a civilised relationship with India", Khan said.

Imran Khan said whenever he visited India, he was told that politicians are united, but the Army won't allow the friendship between the two sides.

The six-km Kartarpur corridor coming up between India and Pakistan should be seen in isolation, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said on Wednesday. I don't know why was he criticised. He was just talking about peace. If he contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he'll win for sure. "This is also reflective of the importance and primacy that Pakistan gives to all minorities", said the statement released by the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry.

On Monday, India's Vice-President, M Venkaiah Naidu called the corridor project "a bridge between the people of the two countries".

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Gen. Rawat said the common identity on either side of Kashmir had been "gradually eroded" as Pakistan had changed the demography of PoK.

He said there had been enough bad blood and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to open the doors of the hearts of the people.

"Bloodshed must end, pain must end, peace must return..." He added that both the countries stood to gain from better ties.

The Indian journalist also supported the rhetoric that both the neighbouring countries should hold talks on the Kashmir dispute.

"I would like to mention Navjot Sidhu's hug to Pakistan army chief". Participation of all member states is mandatory for the convening of a Saarc summit. But, we are not responding to it positively. "Pakistan is reminded that it must fulfil its global obligations and take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kind of support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control", the ministry said.

The corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab's Gurdaspur to Kartarpur in Pakistan's Narowal district where the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib - the shrine of revered saint Baba Guru Nanak - is situated.

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The village was settled by Baba Guru Nanak in 1521 and is famous for its white-domed Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib.

It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522.

She brushed off any possibility of improvement in relations between India and and Pakistan, despite the opening of the Kartarpur crossing.

Sikh pilgrims look from Kartarpur Gurdwara Sahib after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur on November 28, 2018.

Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit Pakistan every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Sikhs from India have traveled to Pakistan to pay homage at the shrine for years but the trip is a hard one to make due to a contentious relationship and security concerns. Indian intelligence blamed Pakistan based terrorists for orchestrating the attacks.

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"I already visited Pakistan, and it was me only who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue", Swaraj said, according to NDTV. Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the ceremony.

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