Kartarpur corridor not connected with dialogue with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

Kartarpur corridor not connected with dialogue with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday that India will not respond to Pakistan's invitation to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Islamabad, ANI reported. He was just talking about peace & brotherhood. Why can't we solve this problem?

The military's media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said, "COAS will be at Kartarpura today for groundbreaking ceremony".

According to an India Today report, intelligence sources said that Chawla was in contact with ISI and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed to hatch a terror plot. Pakistan had last week announced that it would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border to help Indian pilgrims visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

The move to open the Kartarpur corridor has been welcomed by the Sikh community on both sides of the border as a "dream come true". Addressing mediapersons, Union Minister Puri said, "I feel greatly privileged and blessed to be able to make this pilgrimage". He then said that if Sidhu decides to contest elections from Pakistan's Punjab, he will win. Both nations routinely accuse the other of supporting cross-border insurgencies. He said there had been enough bad blood and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to open the doors of the hearts of the people. "Friendship is the alternative", Khan said.

"But this does not mean that the bilateral dialogue will start only on this".

The SAARC summit was called off in 2016 when India chose to not take part in the same in the aftermath of the Uri attack.

"Unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC", Swaraj told a press conference here.

Subsequently, the Pakistan government in September 2018, made a decision to open the corridor before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak for visa-free entry of Indian Sikhs from India to Pakistan.

Kartarpur corridor is a proposed border-corridor between India and Pakistan connecting the Sikh holy shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib with the holy shrine of Kartarpur Sahib in Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab. 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". Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu too left for Pakistan yesterday for the same ceremony.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.

The first gurudwara, Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, is where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan across the Ravi River, about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

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