Imran Khan inaugurates visa-free foundation stone of Kartarpur corridor


NAROWAL (Punjab): Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again reiterated his resolve of peace with India by saying that Pakistan would move two steps forward in response of India ‘s single step for peace and friendship.

NAROWAL: Nov28 – Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses during a ceremony in Kartarpur, Prime Minister Imran Khan attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the first visa-free border crossing with India, a corridor that will allow Sikh pilgrims to easily visit their shrines on each side of the border. The crossing, known as the Kartarpur corridor is a rare sign of cooperation between the two nuclear-armed rival countries.

He was addressing the historic event of the ground breaking ceremony  of Kartarpur Corridor here on Wednesday. Indian Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal ,Minister for Housing Hardeep S. Puri, Indian Punjab Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed, and Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi  and Indian journalists and foreign diplomats attended the ceremony.

PM said that the people of India and Pakistan want peace but both the government would have to think alike for the friendship between two rival states. As the two countries have nuclear arsenals and war is not the option of wisdom.

Khan said that for achieving peace in South Asia both India and Pakistan would have to break the myth of slugging mud on each other as accusation and blame game can only serve political agenda of few people but as a matter of fact it would not be fruitful in improvement of Indo Pak ties.

“Kashmir is the bone of contention between the two countries. However, all bilateral issues can be settled down through strong political will and determination . The continuation of dialogue process can make things better”, PM Khan added.

Khan said Pakistani government, political parties, armed forces and other institutions are on same page for peace with India. He said one step forward and two step backward approach will not work for improvement of bilateral ties.

Imran Khan said we will have to break the chains of blame game and accusations to move forward for building better ties.

Indian Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal while speaking the ceremony said that

Guru Nanak spent his last years on the other side of the border, just four kilometres away, she said, adding that at times the chanting of devotees can be heard on the Indian side of the border.”I never thought I would be here  as I have no friends or relatives here in Pakistan . The Sikhs were so close, but so far for 70 years. A old dream came of Sikhs came true by opening the corridor.”