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Imran Khan, Pak Army hope India will respond 'positively' to Kartarpur border opening for Sikhs

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

and the Army on Thursday hoped that will respond "positively" to Pakistan's "goodwill gesture" of opening the border for the Sikh pilgrims.

On November 28, laid the foundation stone of the corridor on the Pakistani side while on November 26, M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister laid its foundation stone in Punjab's

The corridor will connect Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev's final resting place in Pakistan's to the in Punjab's district in India, fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Sikh community.

termed it unfortunate that Indian media gave a political colour to Pakistan's positive gesture of opening the Kartarpur border.

Addressing the Cabinet, Khan said: "Unfortunately 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 (the ruling) Tehreek-i-Insaf's manifesto," he said.

"We have religious sites that are important for Hindus and Buddhists; we should open them up and facilitate the people," Khan said, without explaining.

The Sikh community has responded very positively to the effort to open the Kartarpur border, he said.

"It is to them (Sikhs) what Madinah is to us Muslims. We hope that will also respond positively in return," the said.

In a separate press conference in Rawalpindi, Maj Gen of army's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said has taken several positive initiatives for peace with India, and the latest one was the groundbreaking of the

He, however, regretted that the initiative was negatively presented in India, but hoped that will "positively respond to this goodwill gesture".

Ghafoor said that the corridor will be constructed in six months after which 4,000 Sikh pilgrims will be able to visit daily.

"It will be a one-way corridor from the Indian side to Kartarpur, and the Sikh pilgrims will remain restricted to Kartarpur," the added.

Ghafoor also raised concern over the increasing ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary allegedly by the Indian forces, saying 55 civilians have been killed in cross-border aggression this year the highest in history.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 19:20 IST
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