Making Sense of the India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor Opening

30 November, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • PM Imran Inaugurated Ground-breaking of Kartarpur corridor

India's and Pakistan's independence from Britain in 1947 divided the Punjab province, where Sikhism was born.

Commenting on the visit of Narendra Modi to Raiwand, the minister said the Indian leader had come to Pakistan only to meet Nawaz Sharif.

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.

"Pakistan is reminded that it must fulfill its worldwide obligations and take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kind of support to cross border terrorism from territories under its control".

On punishing Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who is carrying a United States dollars 10 million U.S. bounty, Khan said, "There are UN sanctions against Hafiz Saeed".

Ms. Badal was in tears as she recalled that "lakhs and crores" of Indian Sikhs who had asked for making the Kartarpur shrine accessible to them.

Last week, India gave the go-ahead to Pakistan's proposal to build the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit the place that holds religious significance for the Sikh community.

Soon after, Khan hit back on Twitter saying, "Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue".

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"Imran delivered a googly and India sent two ministers to Pakistan", he said, using a cricketing term.

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". "I see it as pure symbolism and I don't see it as any change in either country's basic positions", said Ajai Sahni, the executive director of New Delhi based Institute for Conflict Management.

"It's a confidence building measure but at the end of the day India and Pakistan are still at loggerheads".

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad while campaigning ahead of the Telangana polls, Swaraj said: "See, bilateral dialogues and the Kartarpur corridor project are different things". This was a long-standing demand of the Sikh community. "So we have to take the big picture". "Violence must stop and peace should return to the region", he said.

India-Pakistan relations are complex and influenced by global players and developments. A day earlier, Pakistan had "invited" India for SAARC summit, a double bluff considering the fact that neither is Islamabad in a position to do so having got blacklisted by several members, nor does India, need to be invited.

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu too left for Pakistan yesterday for the same ceremony.

The Indian Foreign Minister released a statement expressing "grave concern at the reports of attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the Indian pilgrims to Pakistan, to incite communal disharmony and intolerance and promote secessionist tendencies with the objective of undermining India's sovereignty and territorial integrity". On being asked whether the issue of Kashmir can be resolved, Imran Khan said that nothing is impossible and there can't be a military solution to it.


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