Kartarpur corridor huge success for Pakistan, dream come true for Sikhs: FO

Pakistan and India begin construction of 'corridor of peace'

At Wednesday's event, it was Prime Minister Imran Khan's turn to eulogise his friend Sidhu who has fiercely supported calls for encouraging talks between the two countries. He was just talking about peace & brotherhood. "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". "Bilateral dialogue and the Kartarpur corridor are two different things", said Swaraj at a press conference in Hyderabad. Previous disbelief in India over Khan's promises speaks to what analysts say is a fundamental truth about Pakistan.

Sidhu also thanked the army chief for his role in the Kartarpur corridor project.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said said that the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan was widely appreciated, including by people in India. "He has been a good friend and delivered his promise", Sidhu said.

Speaking at the event, PM Khan said the happiness he has seen on the Sikh attendees' faces was the same he could imagine seeing on Muslim people's faces if they were four kilometres from the Holy Kaaba and finally allowed to visit it.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar came down heavily on Sidhu for praising Khan, saying at a time when Pakistan was indulging in terror activities, one required to be cautious about the choice of words. "The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start".

He added, the corridor will facilitate the Sikh pilgrims to visit their holiest sites in Pakistan.

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More recently, in September, India canceled a meeting between Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, citing the killing of a soldier by militants associated with Pakistan as the reason for pulling out. The Gurdwara was home to Guru Nanak Dev, one of the leaders of the faith for 18 years and he died there in 1539. Sidhu has also coughed up criticism from BJP and SAD for "disobeying" Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has said he had asked the former cricketer to reconsider his decision on going to Pakistan.

The corridor was first proposed by India around 20 years ago.

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

Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the groundbreaking of the corridor connecting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur District today.

Responding to Pakistan's invitation, Modi's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj rejected the idea of talks.

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