Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

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

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

Khan laid the foundation stone, and the groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other Pakistani officials at Narowal in Kartarpur.

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".

Sidhu crossed the worldwide border at Wagah and was received by Pakistani authorities.

Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the ground breaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor lauded the happiness and joy on the faces around him.

Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab's Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.

Sikh pilgrims will board a bus in India, get a special permit to visit Pakistan at the border terminal and be taken to Gurdwara Sahib via special transportation. The temple in Kartarpur in Pakistan is among the holiest sites for Sikhs.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said Pakistan wants a "strong" and "civilised" relationship with India and the two countries can resolve all issues, including Kashmir, with determination as he laid the foundation stone for a historic corridor linking two revered gurdwaras on both sides of the border.

"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".

Imran Khan said that there have been mistakes on both sides, but it would not be wise to keep playing this blame-game.

Imran Khan said India and Pakistan need more steps like this (Kartarpur Corridor) for peace in the South Asian region. "After all what's the impediment in holding talks, nobody is doing it on gunpoint", she said.

Soon after, Khan hit back on Twitter saying, "Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue".

He has also questioned if "we" would have to wait for Navjot Singh Sidhu to become prime minister of India for friendship between India and Pakistan. The former cricket star reiterated his July election victory pledge that "if India takes one step forward, then we will take two steps forward toward friendship".

He assured the Sikh community that facilities at Kartarpur Sahib will be even better for 550th birth celebrations for Guru Nanak Dev next year.

Earlier Indian Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is also a senior member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, also addressed the gathering. Kartarpur is where Baba Guru Nanak settled after his travels as a missionary. "There has to be someone to put out this fire" Sidhu said. With the construction of the corridor, it will take pilgrims a few minutes to reach the gurdwara.

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