Pak laments ‘negative’ campaign against Kartarpur: Favours taking forward the initiative
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Pak laments ‘negative’ campaign against Kartarpur: Favours taking forward the initiative

New Delhi/Islamabad, Dec 1: Pakistan on Saturday alleged that there is a "relentless negative propaganda campaign being waged by a section of the Indian media" on the Kartarpur Corridor initiative and hoped that "every effort would be made to preserve and take forward the Kartarpur spirit".

"The inauguration of the Corridor project on both sides has created another moment of hope for the peoples of India and Pakistan. We hope every effort would be made to preserve and take forward the Kartarpur Spirit," said a statement from the Pakistan Foreign ministry in Islamabad.

It said Imran Khan regime "rejects negative propaganda" campaign in Indian Media and maintained:

"We are deeply dismayed at the relentless negative propaganda campaign being waged by a section of the Indian media against Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor Initiative".

It said, "We categorically reaffirm that the initiative to open this Corridor has been taken by the Government of Pakistan solely in deference to the longstanding wishes of our Sikh brethren, and especially in the wake of the forthcoming 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev ji".

"Attributing any other motives is purely malicious," it said and claimed - "We have received overwhelmingly positive response from the Sikh community -- not only in India and Pakistan but also from across the globe".

"The Government and people of Pakistan fully share their joy on this historic breakthrough and solemnly affirm that they will make every possible contribution to a befitting celebration of the auspicious occasion of Baba Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary in 2019".

The statement said the government of Pakistan was "pleased" that distinguished guests from India, both from the Centre and from the Punjab, were able to join Prime Minister Imran Khan during the ground-breaking ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28, 2018.

"The presence of thousands of Sikh yatrees visiting Pakistan from India and other parts of the world made the occasion even more poignant. Pakistan would now proceed with the development of the physical infrastructure for the Corridor on its side of the International Border," the statement said.

The statement from Imran Khan regime in Pakistan comes two days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi sought to given a spin to the developments pertaining to Kartarpur Corridor and said Imram Khan's "googly" had compelled Indian government to depute two central ministers and engage with Pakistan.

Mr Qureshi's remarks were snubbed by BJP leaders and even Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Friday virtually joined issue with Pak PM Imran Khan and said the onus is on Islamabad to take first convincing step against terrorism.

"Aap pahele ek kadam to lijiye ("I will tell Pakistan to initiate that first step and fight terrorism)," Gen Rawat had told reporters at Pune.

"In the past, India has taken several steps. When we say terror is being harboured in your country, show actions by fighting and curtailing terror activities which are used against India," said Army chief when asked to comment on a recent statement of Pakistan Prime Minister about his country willing to take 'two steps for every step forward by India'.

BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy went on to describe Imran Khan as a "stooge and puppet" of Pakistan Army and said Mr Khan is only speaking out what he is being told to speak.

"If at all Pakistan PM is serious about dealing with terrorism, he can order immediate arrest of Hafiz Saeed....Today Pakistan is a semi terror state," Dr Swamy has told a TV channel. (UNI)