Want strong relationship with India: PM Imran

Want strong relationship with India: PM Imran

Want strong relationship with India: PM Imran

Khan wondered why Sidhu, who advocated peace between the two countries, had been criticised for his previous visit.

Sikh pilgrims will board a bus in India, get a special permit to visit Pakistan at the border terminal and be taken to Gurdwara Sahib via special transportation.

India has strongly condemned comments made by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday. "Bilateral dialogue and the Kartarpur corridor are two different things", said Swaraj at a press conference in Hyderabad. This should not have been done. He said Pakistan is entering a new phase of peace, adding that Naya Pakistan is safe for all people.

Sidhu said his parents used to see Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, which is just 4 km from the Gurdaspur border, from a distance and return with tears in their eyes as they could go no further. Today, a key in the form of Imran Khan has come to open the door between the two Punjabs, he lauded. "I am telling you that I, the PM, our party, other political parties, our army - we are all on the same page in wanting to establish a civilised relationship with India", Imran Khan said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a corridor leading to Kartarpur Sahib, one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh religious community.

Sidhu said that both the nations should seek a path of brotherhood and live in harmony without any fear with the blessing of Guru Nanak Dev.

As leaders from both sides talked of peace during the foundation stone laying ceremony of historic Kartarour corridor, a pro-Khalistan leader considered with ties to terrorist Hafiz Saeed was spotted with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Bajwa. Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the ceremony. He then said that if Sidhu decides to contest elections from Pakistan's Punjab, he will win.

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Imran Khan said that there have been "mistakes on both sides" and asserted that the two sides should not live in the past. "Our children have stunted growth - both our countries need to move forward".

The Indian delegation comprising Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri and Sidhu reached Lahore through the Wagah Border crossing where they were received by officials of the Punjab Rangers. The premier said he hoped we don't have to wait till Sidhu is chief minister to have better relations with India.

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

Chawla's meeting with Bajwa on the sidelines of the event where Imran Khan talked of peace and about moving forward only exposed Pakistan's doublespeak. But a terrorist attack on an Indian military installation in September 2016 that Delhi blamed on what it said were Pakistan-linked terrorists overshadowed these efforts.

"I already visited Pakistan, and it was me only who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue", Swaraj said, according to NDTV.

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