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Imran Khan says Kartarpur corridor's opening was not 'googly'

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Attempting to do some damage control, Khan said Monday that the corridor's opening was not a googly but a straight-forward decision, contradicting his Foreign Minister's remarks that led to a war of words with his Indian counterpart.

Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri along with attended the event in on November 28.

On Thursday, said Khan bowled a "googly" to ensure Indian government's presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the landmark Corridor.

Qureshi's controversial comments drew sharp criticism from with saying his comments "exposed" him and that has "no respect for Sikh sentiments".

Asked to comment on the recent war of words between Qureshi and Swaraj, Khan said that is sincere in establishing peaceful ties with

"The corridor opening was not a googly or a double game but a straightforward decision," Khan told Geo

On November 26, M Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Swaraj said: "Mr. of Pakistan - 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'.

"Let me explain to you that we were not trapped by your 'googlies'. Our two Sikh Ministers went to Kartarpur Sahib to offer prayers in the Holy Gurudwara," she said.

In cricket, when a leg-spinner delivers an off spin bowl using the leg-spin technique, it is called googly. It is a leg-spinner's prize weapon which is almost undetectable.

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

The much-awaited corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder - with in India's district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by

The corridor is expected to be completed within six months.

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

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:10 IST
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