Kartarpur Corridor to open new doors

Pakistan army, political parties on same page, want civilized ties: PM

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

NAROWAL/KIRTARPUR

Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on Wednesday once again offered friendship to India saying if India will take one step forward Pakistan will take two steps.

Prime Minister welcomed Sikh pilgrims and assured them that modern facilities would be in place at Kartarpur when they come to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak next year. Imran Khan said he is overwhelmed by the happiness being reflected on the faces of Sikh pilgrims.

He also offered talks on Kashmir to India and said in Pakistan all political parties and army are on one page on this issue.

He lauded the happiness and joy on the Sikh faces around him. “Happiness I saw today was like of those of a Muslim standing 4km away from Medina but are unable to reach it, but when they get the chance, the happiness they get is the happiness they are relishing today,” he asserted.

He vowed to improve the facilities at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahab Kartarpur.

“It is useless to live in the past. Past should only be utilized to learn lessons from. Our political leaders, our army, and all other institutions are all on the same page. We wish to move forward and have a civilized relationship with India,” PM Khan suggested.

“The only issue between us is Kashmir; all it needs is two capable leaders to resolve this issue. Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get stronger,” said the premier.

“If India takes one step forward, we will take two steps forward,” he reiterated.

“Both India and Pakistan are nuclear armed countries. We cannot afford war as it would be insanity; no one will survive,” he stressed.

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

“I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after attending my oathtaking ceremony. I don’t know why he was criticised. He was just talking about peace and brotherhood. Judging from his  popularity here I think if Sidhu contests election here in Pakistan’s Punjab, he’ll win for sure. We want to move forward.  I hope we won’t have to wait for Sidhu to become Indian PM for lasting friendship between our two countries,” said the prime minister.

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