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Imran Khan dismisses Pakistan minister's 'googly' remark

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's on Monday dismissed Shah Mehmood Qureshi's "googly" remark, saying that the Corridor opening was not a "double game" but a sincere effort in establishing peaceful ties with

"The (ground-breaking) ceremony (of Kartarpur) was a peace initiative. It was a sincere effort. So was the invitation extended to the Indian ministers. It was not a googly for sure," was quoted as saying by Geo News during a meeting with TV anchors and reporters in the capital.

The performed the groundbreaking ceremony on November 28 to develop the corridor to link Dera in Gurdaspur in with gurdwara in the presence of Indian Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hardeep Puri and

Qureshi made the remark later, saying that had bowled a "googly" by taking the initiative of opening the Kartarpur border. His jibe came after categorically ruled out any dialogue with Pakistan, saying talks and terror cannot go together.

Later, both foreign ministers accused each other of using the occasion for political gains.

said that Qureshi's remarks had exposed that had no respect for the Sikh sentiments and was doing it all for

"Mr of - your 'googly' remarks in a dramatic manner has exposed none but you. This shows that you have no respect for Sikh sentiments. You only play 'googlies'," she tweeted.

Qureshi termed Swaraj's comments a "deliberate attempt" to "mislead" the Sikh community. He said that had taken this initiative in "good faith".

In the Monday meeting, Khan also said that Pakistan remained committed to resolution of the dispute with India.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:34 IST