Pakistan tried to politicise Kartarpur Corridor development

Pakistan tried to politicise Kartarpur Corridor development

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New Delhi, Dec 6: India on Thursday said that Pakistan in last few days have tried to 'politicise' the Sikh pilgrim issue vis-a-vis Kartarpur Corridor and termed such attempts as being "unfortunate".

‘’It is unfortunate that Pakistan has attempted to politicise a religious issue relating to the sentiments of the Sikh community,’’ External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters here.

The spokesperson was responding to questions on Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi terming the Kartarpur ceremony as a ‘googly’ from his Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Mr Kumar said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has already responded to Qureshi’s ‘googly’ remark.

The spokesperson agreed that there was a breach of protocol by the Pakistani establishment since the two Indian ministers were not initially supposed to address the gathering at the gurdwara nor were they to be presented ‘saropas’ (dress of honour). It was only when the Indian Government intervened, Badal was allowed to address the gathering.

"We see Kartarpur as a fulfillment of a long-pending demand of the Sikh community. ....We hope that Pakistan fulfills all its commitments regarding the corridor," Mr Kumar said.

Last week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reacted strongly to the statement of her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi that Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan bowled a "googly" to ensure the Indian government's presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor.

Akali Dal and Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also criticised such strategies by Pakistan. (UNI)