Kartarpur corridor opening is huge success for Pakistan: FO

It’s the common people and their sentiments which are forcing a new narrative of peace and engagement

"There is no other option except friendship", Khan said.

Khan assured Sikh visitors from India that they will find their worship place and surrounding complex a completely developed structure equipped with all facilities and comforts when they visit Pakistan for the 550th birthday celebration of the Sikh guru.

Imran Khan in a recent interview to an English news channel has said that the consensus for talks with India should not be seen as desperation for talks while adding that he can't be blamed for the issues which his government has inherited in Pakistan with respect to New Delhi-Islamabad relations.

"The only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue".

The decision to open the Kartarpur border was made after Imran Khan assumed office in August; Navjot Singh Sidhu was invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief. He is the one who is bringing Pakistan and India closer. "Both nations can benefit", Khan added. We have found Kashmiri terrorists in Punjab. "If we get more hugs from Sidhu, many of our problems will be solved", he said. We only need determined leadership on both sides.

He recalled that "Imran Khan said he will take two steps for every one step India takes".

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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. Pakistan must fulfil its worldwide 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, MEA asserted.

There can't be peace between Pakistan and India if the Pakistan government and army are on the same page, Amit Shah said today.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had compared the corridor with the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany before it was pulled down in 1989. "In opening the Kartarpur border, both governments have opened a new chapter in which many things previously impossible will be possible", said Sidhu.

Khan's remarks came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj categorically ruled out the possibility of holding talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross-border terror activities. Sidhu has won hearts of millions of peace-loving Pakistanis and even prime Minister Imran Khan acknowledged Sidhu's popularity in Pakistan.

"The happiness I see in you today, if I were to explain to my Muslim brother and sisters, is that imagine that you are standing 4-km outside Medina (a city in Saudi Arabia where the Prophet is buried) and can not go in, and you are then given the chance to go. 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.

The move has been welcomed enthusiastically by the Sikh community, and also represents a rare instance of co-operation between the two countries, which have fought three wars against each other since independence. ─ AFP Indian artist Gurpreet Singh poses with a paper model of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan - the focus of the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan - in Amritsar. However, he added that "unless better sense prevailed in India, we may have to wait for Sidhu to become (India's) Prime Minister".

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