Foundation stone for Kartarpur Corridor laid

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan.

Calling it a histioric day, Imran said that Kartarpur Corridor was a great victory for unity. On the India-Pakistan relationship, he said that if France and Germany could live in peace, why cannot India and Pakistan?

Noting that Kashmir was the only bone of contention between the two countries, he said that the dispute could be resolved if there was a strong-willed leadership on both sides of the border.

Imran also said that also his country was ready to take the initiative to resolve the conflict if India takes a step ahead for peaceful dialogue.

He also mentioned about the criticism “Sidhu” received for his previous visit to Pakistan during his swearing in ceremony. He said that he was unaware why Sidhu was criticised. Sidhu was just talking about peace and brotherhood, he added.

Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and Indian politicians Navjot Singh Sidhu, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri were present.

The corridor will link the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province — the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev — to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in India’s state of Punjab.

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about 4 kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak Dev is believed to have died.

The Kartarpur Corridor is expected to be completed in six months.

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