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Posted at: Nov 9, 2019, 5:01 PM; last updated: Nov 10, 2019, 7:04 AM (IST)

Dialogue possible if J-K curfew revoked: Imran at Kartarpur opening

Dialogue possible if J-K curfew revoked: Imran at Kartarpur opening
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he speaks during the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan on November 9, 2019. Reuters

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service 
Karatarpur, November 9

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday indicated that talks with India can be initiated provided the Indian government lifts curfew from Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at inauguration of Kartarpur corridor in Narowal district of Punjab in Pakistan, Khan said, things in J&K has gone beyond territorial issue between the two countries and now the Human Rights of people are being violated due to curfew imposed in state since August. Revoking curfew will at least allow the countries to think about a dialogue, he noted. 

The PM said a leader is always known by qualities of bring people together and not dividing them. He focused that a good leader and person always talks about peace and humanity.

The inauguration ceremony which was attended by several dignitaries from India and Pakistan saw a gathering of over 7,000 people.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “It’s a historic day that brings peace and religious tolerance together. Kartarpur corridor is opened for Sikhs all over the world and those who have come from Canada, Australia, Europe, UK. It’s Pakistan’s love and they can feel it by coming to holy shrine.”

Amid the inauguration ceremony, Navjot Singh Sidhu turned out to be “Man of the Match” with the Pakistan government and Sikh devotees applauding his initiative and commitment.

Joginder Kaur, a devotee who had come from Canada, said, “It shows a Sikh’s commitment and the fact that Pakistan is ready to take a lead to strengthen the relationship between the two nations. Now it’s time for India to reciprocate.” She added that for Sikhs all over the world are one — be it this or the other side of the border.


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