Kartarpur corridor opening is huge success for Pakistan: FO

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"If France and Germany who fought several wars can live in peace, why can't India and Pakistan", Imran Khan said. He compared the situation to that of France and Germany - they fought many wars and there was a lot of bloodshed but their leaders chose to move forward.

Speaking at the Kartarpur corridor groundbreaking ceremony, Khan heaped praise on Navjot Singh Sidhu and said the Punjab Minister is a messenger of peace from India. He said if India takes one step forward, Pakistan will take two steps. "I assure you that we can solve this problem".

Blatantly pooh-poohing the Indian media's propaganda to find negativity in opening of the Kartarpur corridor, she said it was keen desire of the people of India and Pakistan to abridge the gap in bilateral ties which acceded their political representatives/ leadership to take the initiative in this regard. We want to move forward and want a civilised relationship with India, he said.

"He can come and contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he'll win", the cricketer-turned-politician said about Sidhu.

He said Kashmir is the only dispute between the two countries which could be resolved, as there is not a single issue under the sun which could not be amicably settled.

The prime minister said ties between the two countries in the last seventy years require retrospection and read a Punjabi verse of poet Muneer Niazi, saying both the sides have erred in the past. "Bilateral dialogue and the Kartarpur corridor are two different things", said Swaraj at a press conference in Hyderabad. India's foreign ministry said that Khan's "unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir" on the occasion was deeply regrettable.

The 4km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor Wednesday afternoon. "Our children have stunted growth - both our countries need to move forward".

He said Sidhu has such a large fan following in Pakistan, specially in the country's Punjab province, that if he ran in elections here, he would win.

Sikhs from India have traveled to Pakistan to pay homage at the shrine for years but the trip is a hard one to make due to a contentious relationship and security concerns.

The proposal to construct the corridor providing visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims was renewed by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in August this year.

Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri represented India at the event.

The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year.

Gen. Rawat said the common identity on either side of Kashmir had been "gradually eroded" as Pakistan had changed the demography of PoK. Following their biometric identification and security clearance, they will freely perform their religious rituals in Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and return to their country after the biometric screening.