Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

USA welcomes opening of Kartarpur corridor

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Gerardo Duncan | 30 November, 2018, 04:20

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan across the Ravi River, about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It will provide year round visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims from India after more than seven decades. He said if India takes one step to improve ties, then Pakistan will take two steps.

"War is out of question between our two countries, which are equipped with nuclear weapons. Thinking of war is madness, thinking of winning is also madness as both will lose". "Our countries must stop blame game". Did New Delhi seriously think that Pakistan would let go of the opportunity to score some cheap PR points at a high-profile event?

Khan promised to upgrade facilities in Kartarpur. Even if Pakistan shows an inclination to open dialogue with India on strategic issues, as Islamabad is believed to have been trying for the last few months, New Delhi is not expected to reciprocate, not at least till the coming general election. - AFP India's Punjab cabinet minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Wednesday played down expectations the corridor could lead to the revival of official talks between the two countries.

The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of the holiest places in Sikhism.

Khan said the civilian government and the Pakistani Army were on the same page on the Kashmir dispute. ─ Photo courtesy Harsimrat Kaur Badal Twitter Indian Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur prostrates herself on the soil in Kartarpur with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in view. The new government in Pakistan did set out all courtesies for the visiting Indian delegation and there was a possibility that the corridor would take shape even though details of the travel and stay of pilgrims could require more attention. The new corridor, which is planned to remain open year round, will cut their journey to a mere 6 kilometers.

It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522.

The temple is visible on clear days from a viewing stage on the Indian side, where religious devotees gather every day to have a glimpse of it.

However, other analysts were less optimistic. "I understand that elections are important as a politician, so we will wait".

Speaking at the event, PM Khan said the happiness he has seen on the Sikh attendees' faces was the same he could imagine seeing on Muslim people's faces if they were four kilometres from the Holy Kaaba and finally allowed to visit it.

In a post captioned "With sedu pa g", Sidhu is seen standing beside Chawla, who is one of the prominent voices seeking a separate homeland for the Sikh community. He said they will make this into a state-of-the-art gurdwara.

The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the BBC the Kartarpur project would help improve the countries' relationship.

A fuming India came out with a statement condemning Khan's manouvres, calling it "deeply regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan chose to politicise the pious occasion meant to realise the long pending demand of the Sikh community to develop Kartarpur corridor by making unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India".

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