Want strong relationship with India: PM Imran

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Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan across the Ravi River, about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. It was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev who is believed to have spent 18 years here.

The call for a visa-free Kartarpur Sahib corridor is an old demand from the Sikh community.

Imran said the reason he is seeking strong relations between the two countries is to eliminate poverty from the subcontinent. We always believe that Pakistan and India can not think about each other's larger interests.

Senior Indian journalist Jyoti Malhotra on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan's message for peace and slammed the Modi government's "irresponsible" response to the opening of Kartarpur border corridor, ARY News reported. Today, I am saying that my party, I and my army are all standing together to on one page. "We wish to move forward and have a civilized relationship", PM Khan suggested. "Every time we take one step ahead, we slide two steps behind", he said. "We can not afford war as it would be insanity", he stressed. Why can't we solve this problem? "But it needs determination and a dream", he added.

He has also questioned if "we" would have to wait for Navjot Singh Sidhu to become prime minister of India for friendship between India and Pakistan.

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. "It'd madness to think of war between two nuclear states because there is no victor in a nuclear conflict", he said, adding that the only option left is to have peace and friendship.

"The happiness I see in you today, if I were to explain to my Muslim brother and sisters, is that imagine that you are standing 4-km outside Medina (a city in Saudi Arabia where the Prophet is buried) and can not go in, and you are then given the chance to go". "I have never seen such happiness on anyone's face as I am seeing in the crowd right now". "This corridor is full of promise, it will bring the two countries close", he said.

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Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit Pakistan every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Reiterating PMModi's statement while referring to the Berlin Wall, an emotional Badal said "If the Berlin wall can fall, even the walls between India and Pakistan will fall with this corridor".

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. "Express gratitude also to Pakistan government". Indian intelligence blamed Pakistan based terrorists for orchestrating the attacks.

Pakistan had invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who thanked her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the invite and said she was unable to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to prior commitments.

Chawla's meeting with Bajwa on the sidelines of the event where Imran Khan talked of peace and about moving forward only exposed Pakistan's doublespeak.

As leaders from both sides talked of peace during the foundation stone laying ceremony of historic Kartarour corridor, a pro-Khalistan leader considered with ties to terrorist Hafiz Saeed was spotted with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Bajwa.