India Slams Pakistani PM Imran Khan for His ‘Pakistan Wants Peace’ Comment

Minnie Murray
November 30, 2018

"Our neighbour wanted to weaken Pakistan", he said, in an apparent reference to India.

At a time when Pakistan has been trying to get India to resume talks, New Delhi has shown a "no-tolerance policy" towards terrorism.

However, India reiterated its stand that Pakistan must fulfil its global obligations and take effective and credible action to "stop providing shelter and all kind of support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control".

Pakistan's limitless capacity for treacherous behavior is matched only by India's bottomless ability to get surprised by it. India's outrage at being blindsided by Imran Khan and Pakistan army chief General Qamar Bajwa during the groundbreaking ceremony for Kartarpur Sahib corridor is in equal parts sad and amusing.

Khan assured Sikh visitors from India that they will find their worship place and surrounding complex a completely developed structure equipped with all facilities and comforts when they visit Pakistan for the 550th birthday celebration of the Sikh guru.

"The India I know - majority must be appreciating it", Khan told the Indian journalists who had arrived in Pakistan to cover the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor.

"I am telling you that I, the PM, our party, other political parties, our army - we are all on the same page in wanting to establish a civilised relationship with India", Imran Khan said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a corridor leading to Kartarpur Sahib, one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh religious community. "However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture".

"It's a confidence building measure but at the end of the day India and Pakistan are still at loggerheads".

Whether Kartarpur will open new corridors of possibilities for the two nuclear-powered nations is a million dollar question.

The Sikh temple - also known as a Gurdwara - of Darbar Sahib is considered holy by the Sikh community.

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who received the most applause, said it was unfair for pilgrims to have been prevented from visiting Kartarpur.

Prime Minister Khan, who also appreciated the joy on the faces around him.

"Tensions with India are not hidden from anyone but our approach is people-centric and we need peace for people to prosper".

A few months after rejecting Pakistan's proposal to open the Kartarpur corridor, however, the government in India has now suddenly approved plans to open a visa-free corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

An emotional Kaur said the corridor will bring joy and peace to both countries.

She also declined an invitation from Islamabad for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the upcoming SAARC summit in the capital by categorically saying that "we will not participate in SAARC". "People want peace", he said.

Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit Pakistan every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Imran Khan's comments at the event on peace efforts and resolving the Kashmir issue have angered India.

Pakistan denies supporting militants targeting Indian forces in Kashmir and in return accuses India of supporting separatist movements within Pakistan.

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