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Kashmir issue won't be put on back burner after Kartarpur border opening: Pak official

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

said Thursday that the "core issue" of with will not be put on the back burner after opened the border for Sikh pilgrims.

said that the corridor would be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of next year.

On November 28, laid the foundation stone of the corridor on the Pakistani side while on November 26, Vice 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.

Faisal said that the issue will not be put on the back burner due to the border opening.

"With regards to dispute, if there is any idea in the mind of anybody that due to Kartarpur or any other reason, the resolution of the dispute will be put on the back burner, it is misplaced," he said.

"The decision of opening of the was made in good faith and to facilitate the Sikh community to visit their one of the holiest places," he said, adding it will not impact the Kashmir issue.

On November 28, said that there will be no dialogue with unless it desists from terrorist activities against

She said the initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with

Faisal said the Kashmir issue would be resolved according to UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

He said that the bilateral dialogue can move forward only if was ready for it.

"We can only move forward if India remains steadfast. India's reluctance in reciprocating to Pakistan's proposal is the biggest hurdle in normalisation of relations between the two countries," Faisal said.

He said that Khan in his letter to had outlined a comprehensive way forward for resolving all outstanding issues including dispute, Sir Creek, Siachen, people-to-people contacts, trade and religious tourism.

"Regrettably, India agreed to our proposal one day, only to renege on their commitment the next day," he said.

Faisal said that the informed Pakistan that the map shown by Global Television Network portrays Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory and was therefore shown in white, while the maps of Pakistan and India were in brown.

"This map is in accordance with the approved maps used by the and the They further said that their position on Jammu and Kashmir and maps has never changed," the FO said.

On the issue of US Donald Trump's letter to Prime Minister Khan seeking assistance on the Afghan issue, he said that it vindicates Pakistan's considered position that it can only be solved through negotiations.

"Pakistan has always advocated political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan," he said, asserting Pakistan' commitment to play a facilitative role in bringing peace in the neighbouring country.

He also termed the letter as a good omen for melting the ice in relations with the US that could lead to the beginning of meaningful interactions.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:15 IST