Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said his political party and the nation's powerful military are "all on one page" in wanting to mend ties with arch-rival India. He was just talking about peace and brotherhood. "While there is blood in my veins, I will continue to thank both governments", he said. Terming the Kartarpur corridor as peace corridor, Badal hoped that it ends all the hatred.
Earlier, in the wake of rising diplomatic tensions follwing a terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir in September, 2016, India had announced its boycott of the summit, alleging Pakistan's involvement in the attack. She said India will not attend the event till Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism.
The move to open the Kartarpur corridor has been welcomed by the Sikh community on both sides of the border as a "dream come true".
India reacted sharply on Wednesday to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's reference to Kashmir at the Kartarpur Corridor function saying it was "unwarranted" and that he chose to politicise the pious occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Punjab Cabinet Minister for tourism and cultural affairs Sidhu thanked Khan for beginning the construction of the corridor and said the corridor will promote connectivity.
If France and Germany can forget historic enimosity and become friends, then cannot India and Pakistan, he said. Both nations routinely accuse the other of supporting cross-border insurgencies. If he contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he'll win for sure.
Speaking at the event, PM Khan said the happiness he has seen on the Sikh attendees' faces was the same he could imagine seeing on Muslim people's faces if they were four kilometres from the Holy Kaaba and finally allowed to visit it.
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"Unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC", Swaraj told a press conference here.
India last week gave the go-ahead to Pakistan's proposal to build Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District near the Indian border.
The village was settled by Baba Guru Nanak in 1521 and is famous for its white-domed Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib.
The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year.
Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday led a delegation of his country to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Pakistan's invitation. He said if India takes one step forward, Pakistan will take two steps.
The Kartarpur corridor is a 3-km long road network that connects Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan to Gurdaspur in India's Punjab. Swaraj said she was happy that Pakistan had for the first time responded positively.