Ignoring Pakistan’s repeated efforts to revive talks with India, in view of worsening financial status of the country and also growing international isolation on the issue of its sponsored terror groups, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today made it clear that talks with Pakistan can start the movement Islamabad stops terror activities in India.
Her comments gained significance ahead of foudantion stone laying ceremony for the Kartapur corridor, which was seen as part of Pakistan’s diplomatic exercise to please India.
Her remarks come as Prime Minister Imran Khan later in the day lays the foundation stone for the much-awaited corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
Pakistan had invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who thanked her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the invite and said she was unable to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to prior commitments. However, Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri are representing India at the event.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is expected to be completed within six months.