Kartarpur Corridor: Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri leave for Pakistan

29 November, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Pakistan and India begin construction of 'corridor of peace'

He cited the example of France and Germany, which were on opposite sides of the battleground during the Second World War, to make his case for peace. Khan said while addressing the gathering.

He said Pakistan and India can not understand the opportunities God has given to them. "I assure you that we can solve this problem".

Last week, Pakistan and India announced that they would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border to help Indian pilgrims visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

"Terrorist groups working at the behest of the ISI-backed KLF (Khalistan Liberation Force) and other groups based in Pakistan are clearly working on a conspiracy to destabilize Punjab", Singh had said at the time. 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 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.

She, however, added that resumption of a "bilateral dialogue and the Kartarpur project are two different things".

Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur border crossing saying, the goodwill measures between India and Pakistan are welcomed by the people of Kashmir.

After laying the foundation stone for the corridor, will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district, Khan said Pakistan wanted a "strong" and "civilised" relationship with India and both the countries could resolve all issues, including Kashmir, with determination.

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Khan wondered why Sidhu, who advocated peace between the two countries, had been criticised for his previous visit. Ever since, it's been a major bone of contention in any move to talk peace between the two neighbors.

The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary in 2019.

The proposal to construct the corridor providing visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims was renewed by General Bajwa in August this year.

During his spech, Khan echoed Sidhu when he said that both countries needed to come together and resolve their issues. "It is not an enthusiasm or a laughter challenge from Sidhu", the minister said.

Top civil and military leaders - including General Qamar Javed Bajwa - foreign diplomats and a large number of Sikh pilgrims turned up at the groundbreaking ceremony where popular Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were also in attendance.

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

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

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". Following their biometric identification and security clearance, they will freely perform their religious rituals in Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and return to their country after the biometric screening.

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