Kartarpur corridor not connected with dialogue with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

Kartarpur corridor not connected with dialogue with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

Indian Minister for External Affairs (EAM) SushmaSwaraj on Wednesday said that India will not be attending the Saarc summit being organised in Islamabad, Pakistan, India media reports said. "For me, this is an emotional moment, which has come through because of the prayers, millions like me have been saying for 70 years way before I was even born", she said. He was just talking about peace and brotherhood. It also said that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable part of India.

Pakistan must also "take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kind of support to cross border terrorism from territories under its control", they said.

The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is expected to be completed within six months.

As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan talked peace and "civilized ties" with India at the Kartarpur corridor event today, the country's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was seen greeting a pro-Khalistani leader on the sidelines of the ground-breaking ceremony.

If France and Germany can forget historic enimosity and become friends, then cannot India and Pakistan, he said.

A spokesman for India's foreign ministry said it was "deeply regrettable" that Khan has used the occasion of the pilgrim border opening to make a political statement on the status of Kashmir. Speaking about cricket and politics, he said players who fear losing never succeed, unlike those who dream of winning.

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Swaraj added: "But that doesn't mean that bilateral dialogue will start".

Sushma Swaraj precluded India's participation in a summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) which is scheduled to be held in Pakistan. Swaraj, who is campaigning here ahead of the Telangana elections on December 7, was addressing a press conference. The Gurdwara was home to Guru Nanak Dev, one of the leaders of the faith for 18 years and he died there in 1539.

In September, India's foreign minister pulled out of planned talks with her Pakistani counterpart after violence flared in Kashmir, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday led a delegation of his country to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Pakistan's invitation. "I am very happy that while for the last 20 years, the government of India has been asking for this Kartarpur corridor, for the first time, Pakistan responded positively".

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.

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