Will this Sikh shrine build corridors of peace between India and Pakistan?

Will this Sikh shrine build corridors of peace between India and Pakistan?

Will this Sikh shrine build corridors of peace between India and Pakistan?

There will be no dialogue with Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj declared Wednesday, in a rebuff to Pakistan a day after Islamabad said it would invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the SAARC summit.

There was a need for "showing strength, will and determination" by the leadership of the two countries to resolve all issues, Khan said after the foundation ceremony and emphasised that both countries are nuclear armed and "only a foolish individual can think one can win a nuclear war". He made full utilization of the occasion to refer to the Kashmir dispute and fashion himself as the "apostle of peace" before the presence of a large media contingent, while Bajwa was seen shaking hands with a pro-Khalistani leader.

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) while responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's reference to Kashmir in his yesterday's address has termed it regretting and said it was an attempt by Pakistan PM to politicise a pious event.

To another question on whether Pakistan could reiterate the 2004 Lahore joint statement to allay Indian fears, Qureshi replied, "We are very clear that our soil should not be used against anyone and that includes India". "If France and Germany can live in peace, why can't India and Pakistan", Imran Khan said. Addressing mediapersons, Union Minister Puri said, "I feel greatly privileged and blessed to be able to make this pilgrimage. The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, bilateral dialogue can start".

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

The Kartarpur corridor is supposed to be completed and opened well ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh guru on November 23, 2019.

Swaraj also requested in a tweet that Islamabad "expedite construction of the corridor in order to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible". It's believed to have been built on the site where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, died in the 16th Century.

A few months after rejecting Pakistan's proposal to open the Kartarpur corridor, however, the government in India has now suddenly approved plans to open a visa-free corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. The minister also said that Mr Sidhu should maintain distance in such meetings.

The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is one of the holiest places in Sikhism. The country's elites and the establishment has been feeling the heat as the U.S. and other western nations seek action against terrorist groups based in Pakistan.

She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan.

An Indian delegation consisting of Indian ministers and journalists attended the ceremony. Khan also threw darts at Narendra Modi and suggested that Navjot Sidhu - the joker in the pack who can not tell a news conference from a stand-up comedy show - would make for a far better prime minister.

"I would like to mention Navjot Sidhu's hug to Pakistan army chief".

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