Imran rakes up Kashmir issue at Kartarpur, India reacts sharply

Imran rakes up Kashmir issue at Kartarpur, India reacts sharply

Pushing his call for peace between the nations, Khan cited the example of France and Germany France and Germany, which were on opposite sides of the battleground during the Second World War. It is where Baba Guru Nanak settled down after his travels as a missionary. "This is also reflective of the importance and primacy that Pakistan gives to all minorities", said the statement released by the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The opening of the Kartarpur crossing will enable Sikh pilgrims to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, located in Kartarpur, Narowal district without a visa.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, government officials, Indian delegate and foreign diplomats also attending the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor. "The kind of teachings he has given, if those teachings can be invoked to resolve our problems, it would be a very proud day for me as a Sikh". The Gurdwara was home to Guru Nanak Dev, one of the leaders of the faith for 18 years and he died there in 1539.

Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab's Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India. "It should not be that we have to wait for Navjot Sidhu to become India's prime minister before we can have friendship between the two countries", Khan said. The Indian delegation also comprised Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri.

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Sikhs from India have traveled to Pakistan to pay homage at the shrine for years but the trip is a hard one to make due to a contentious relationship and security concerns.

Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Wednesday said that Bollywood, the Indian film industry, tried to discredit Pakistan after the incident of 9/11. He said if India takes one step forward, Pakistan will take two steps. The ties between the two countries had strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016.

Solangi said the Kartarpur corridor and people-to-people contacts might bring about a slight change in the narrative "Without understanding on the Indian side this may even be counterproductive given the Sikh insurgency of the 1980s", he added.

Sidhu, a Congress leader and Punjab Cabinet minister, had visited Pakistan in August to attend the oath-taking ceremony of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan as prime minister of Pakistan. Pakistan has warmly welcomed and initiated the ground-breaking ceremony and extended their hands in welcome to the Indian ministers and journalists on the occasion.

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