The loosening of border controls for the pilgrims is "a step towards peace which our region needs", Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said while attending the Kartarpur Corridor ceremony.
India and Pakistan are set to inaugurate the construction of a corridor to facilitate hassle free cross-border travel for religious devotees - a rare step to improve ties between the two South Asian foes even as deep-seated divisions continue to obstruct progress in long-stalled peace talks.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the groundbreaking of the corridor connecting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur area of Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur District today.
India had pulled out of the 19th SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad after the deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that year. "Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get stronger".
Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan said that "concerns about Khalistanis should not bother us too much". He can come and contest elections here in Pakistan, he'll win. He said Pakistan is entering a new phase of peace, adding that Naya Pakistan is safe for all people. "Sustained pressure is required".
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By doing so, "within a couple days or a week", Cabrera said, "we would see a much smaller number of people actually claiming asylum".
"Pakistan is reminded that it 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", the spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry said in response to queries on the issue.
The decision to open the Kartarpur border was made after Imran Khan assumed office in August; Navjot Singh Sidhu was invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief.
The shrine is located by the River Ravi within a distance of 4 km from the Dera Sahib railway station in India. "We can not afford this kind of animosity in today's world", he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Pakistan wants a "strong" and "civilised" relationship with India, adding that his country's "civilian and military leadership are on same page on this". "He praised Imran Khan more than what was due and praised him to the hilt", ANI quoted Javadekar as saying.
"Corridors and gates are for legal peaceful visitors".
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She, along with Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, crossed Atari-Wagah border to return to India.
The prime minister promised the Sikh community that his administration would ensure modern facilities at Kartarpur when they come to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji next year. "This corridor is full of promise, it will bring the two countries close", he said. Indian intelligence blamed Pakistan based terrorists for orchestrating the attacks.
The corridor was first proposed by India around 20 years ago.
"I already visited Pakistan, and it was me only who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue", Swaraj said, according to NDTV.
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