Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Kashmiris welcome goodwill measures between India and Pakistan, says Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Kashmiris welcome goodwill measures between India and Pakistan, says Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

He said Pakistan is entering a new phase of peace, adding that Naya Pakistan is safe for all people.

On other accused in the 26/11 case, Khan said their is sub judice.

The fact that India and Pakistan have agreed to open the Kartarpur corridor shows that despite the typical mood of confrontation between the countries, reconciliation is possible.

"The only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue".

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also arrived to attend the ceremony.

Indian Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, left, and Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, centre, make their way from the Indian side of the border at Attari to Wagah.

He urged both India and Pakistan to progress together.

In his speech, Khan said Pakistan wanted a "civilised relationship" with India, and that the two nations had only one problem: Kashmir.

"My political party, the rest of our political parties, our army, all our institutions are all on one page".

"We are willing to wait for (general) elections to get over in India for a gesture from New Delhi", Khan said, referring to the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year. "He can come and contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he will win", Khan said. There is no issue that can not be resolved. Both sides would lose everything. Pakistan must fulfil its global obligations and take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kinds of support to cross border terrorism from territories under its control, MEA asserted.

Lauding the peace efforts of former Indian cricket star, television celebrity, and provincial cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who was also part of the event, the prime minister questioned why India would choose to criticize a man who was trying to thaw frosty relations between the two countries.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had compared the corridor with the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany before it was pulled down in 1989.

Khan on November 28 laid the foundation stone for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, India to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.

She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan. It also signals willingness to engage despite India's insistence on a stop to terrorism - an opening that Pakistan can seize by demonstrating its readiness to curb outfits like Lashkar and Jaish. Back in 2014, Modi invited then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and later visited him in Pakistan on his birthday in December, 2015. You can imagine the potential.

The event began with the airing of a film about the pilgrimage of members of the Sikh community to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. Qureshi also condemned the violence in Kashmir and said that Pakistan always stood with people of Kashmir and would always stand by them.

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

The corridor was first proposed by India around 20 years ago.

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