Kartarpur Corridor: Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri leave for Pakistan

Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur Pakistan

Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur Pakistan

The FO spokesperson spoke to journalists at the Islamabad airport before departing for Lahore to attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the Karturpur corridor and said, "Today is a historic day and this is an important step by Prime Minister Imran Khan for the inclusion and rights of minorities". "For me, this is an emotional moment, which has come through because of the prayers, millions like me have been saying for 70 years way before I was even born", she said. "He was just talking about peace and brotherhood", he said. It was after this visit that the issue of the Kartarpur Corridor had come into focus.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal had said on Tuesday that prime minister Modi will be invited to that country for the SAARC summit.

"The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start". The Kartarpur corridor is expected to be completed within six months.

As Indian delegates attended the Kartarpur corridor groundbreaking ceremony in Narowal on Wednesday, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj announced that India will not attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) conference if it is held in Pakistan.

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"Hopefully we will not have to wait for Sidhu to become prime minister for relations to improve between the two countries and before that, Indian leadership will take positive steps", Khan said. He then said that if Sidhu decides to contest elections from Pakistan's Punjab, he will win. Speaking about cricket and politics, he said players who fear losing never succeed, unlike those who dream of winning. He said there had been enough bad blood and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to open the doors of the hearts of the people. Khan said while addressing the gathering.

Swaraj added: "But that doesn't mean that bilateral dialogue will start". Following the fallout, Nepal, as the current chair of Saarc, had urged all member states to create a conducive environment for 19th Saarc summit in line with the spirit of the Saarc charter.

The village was settled by Baba Guru Nanak in 1521 and is famous for its white-domed Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib.

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal are representing India at the ceremony.

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India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan across the Ravi River, about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

She also said the Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan.

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