Pakistan, India Move to Open Historic Border Crossing for Sikhs

Larry Hoffman
December 1, 2018

She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan.

It added that "Pakistan must fulfil its global obligations and take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kinds of support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control".

Khan said that people in Pakistan want peace with India and he will be happy to meet Modi and talk to him on any issue.

Relations between India and Pakistan remain strained, but at a ceremony formally starting construction work on the pathway on the Pakistani side of the border, the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan said: "We will only progress when we free ourselves from the chains of the past". "Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get stronger. I invite you to contest elections from Pakistan's Punjab and I know you will win not only from Punjab but also from any constituency of Pakistan", Prime Minister Khan said.

"We must bury the past", Khan told Indian and Pakistani officials as well as several thousand Sikhs at the ceremony in Kartarpur, where the mausoleum is located.

India, which is observing the 10th anniversary of one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country, has been pushing Pakistan to bring to justice the planners of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side was laid on Monday.

Sidhu said only leaders like Imran Khan can take the bull by horns.

"I am ready for talks on any issue". Both Pakistan and India need to move forward as there has been enough bloodshed. Pakistan, he stressed, wants peace in the region. Sidhu has won hearts of millions of peace-loving Pakistanis and even prime Minister Imran Khan acknowledged Sidhu's popularity in Pakistan. "He should have obeyed his CM who asked him to reconsider his decision of going to Pakistan", India media quoted Tarun as saying.

The Kartarpur Corridor was opened yesterday after the ground breaking ceremony was conducted successfully but it has courted controversy for both the nations in different ways.

Responding to Imran Khan's Kashmir comment during yesterday's ceremony, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that it was regretting that Imran Khan raked the issue of Kashmir during a pious ceremony.

"There is a new environment and they (India) should take advantage of new environment", he stated. However, he added that "unless better sense prevailed in India, we may have to wait for Sidhu to become (India's) Prime Minister". He added that the Kartarpur corridor was the first step towards improving relations.

"It is not in our interest to allow use of Pakistan's territory for terror outside", Khan, who is celebrating 100 days of his government Thursday, said during an interaction with a group of Indian journalists here.

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