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India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening: Imran Khan

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's on Thursday said that gave a "political colour" to his gesture of opening the border and called it "unfortunate".

opened the border in November to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to Sahib gurdwara, where Sikhism's founder spent the last 18 years of his life.

"Unfortunately, portrayed it as us seeking political advantage. During my swearing-in ceremony when visited we had discussed this," was quoted as saying by Dawn while he was addressing the Cabinet.

"... the Indian media has given Kartarpur (border opening) a political colour, as if we did this to gain some sort of political mileage. This is not true. We did it because it is part of Tehreek-e-Insaf's manifesto."

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

"I am glad that the government pressed for the opening of the corridor. If someone's religious sites are in then we should facilitate them. We are not doing anything new, these things were part of our manifesto," said Khan.

The leader added that the Sikh community responded very positively to the effort. "It (Kartarpur) is to them what Medina is to us," Khan said, adding that he was hopeful that "India will also respond positively".

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 16:36 IST
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