Katarpur corridor: A road to peace between India and Pakistan?

Katarpur corridor: A road to peace between India and Pakistan?

Reacting sharply to Khan's remarks, the External Affairs Ministry in a statement in New Delhi said, "It is 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 a Kartarpur corridor by making unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India".

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent a clear message that Islamabad is interested in initiating a dialogue for the resolution of conflicts.

Indian VP Naidu (3L), Union ministers Nitin Gadkari (6L) and Hardeep Singh Puri (5R), Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore (2L), and other officials stand for the national anthem during the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the planned Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor to the Pakistan border, at Dera Baba Nanak, Nov. 26, 2018.

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

However, India reiterated its stand that Pakistan must fulfil its worldwide 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". Back in 2014, Modi invited then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and later visited him in Pakistan on his birthday in December, 2015.




Khan said that people in Pakistan want peace with India and he will be happy to meet Modi and talk to him on any issue. ─ 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 event began with the airing of a film about the pilgrimage of members of the Sikh community to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism, used to live in this area. He can come and contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he'll win.

Talking to audience at the inaugural ceremony, Sidhu said "whenever the history of Kartarpur Sahib will be written, name of Imran Khan will be on the top", because it is a miracle which could not take place in 73 years, but happened within three months with Khan's initiative. "Express gratitude also to Pakistan government". It's important to underscore that the opening of the corridor is happening at a time when both countries are engaged in bitter mutual recriminations.

The "Kartarpur corridor" will however lead from the Indian border straight to the gurdwara, with the sides fenced off. "We need peace in order to speed up the development of our country", Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was quoted as saying by Dawn. "Violence must stop and peace should return to the region", he said.

India and Pakistan made some headway in improving their relations by announcing to jointly-construct a border crossing for millions of Indian Sikhs who have long desired to visit the shrine of Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, which is nestled in Kartarpur, in the Narowal district of Punjab, almost five kilometers away from Pakistan's eastern border. "There can't be a military solution for Kashmir", he said, adding "nothing is impossible" when asked whether it is possible to resolve the Kashmir issue.

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