Pakistan and India begin construction of 'corridor of peace'


It added that "Pakistan must fulfil its worldwide obligations and take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kinds of support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control".

The comments came a day after Khan had underlined that Kashmir was the key dispute between India and Pakistan, and seemingly had drawn a contrast between Modi and Punjab Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, stating that the latter was a politician willing to take risks.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said Prime Minister Imran Khan bowled a "googly" to ensure Indian government's presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday lauded the establishment of a vehicle manufacturing plant in partnership with the Chinese automobile firm JW Forland. Imran Khan said that after he became the prime minister, he was disappointed when India cancelled talks scheduled to take place on the sidelines of UN Security Council meet in US. "The mindset of people here has changed", Khan said.

Replying to another question on President Donald Trump's tweets on stopping aid to Pakistan at a time when the U.S. is seeking its cooperation on Afghanistan, the State Department Spokesperson stressed the need for Islamabad to build confidence in bilateral relations.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Wednesday played down expectations the corridor could lead to the revival of official talks between the two countries.

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Imran Khan said that there have been mistakes on both sides, but it would not be wise to keep playing this blame-game.

"Let us talk. I am ready for talks on any issue. We are in a hard economic situation... trade deficit is historic and the growth rate is abysmal", he said. "He should have obeyed his CM who asked him to reconsider his decision of going to Pakistan", India media quoted Tarun as saying.

Chief of Pakistan's army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, attended the ground breaking ceremony and termed the opening of Kartarpur corridor a "step towards peace", which the region needed.

"Tensions with India are not hidden from anyone but our approach is people-centric and we need peace for people to prosper". However, a short-lived thaw happened when Atal Behari Vajpayee, India's three-time Prime Minister, took a bus to Lahore in 1999 and hugged his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, leaving an endearing image that symbolized hope in bilateral ties.

Seventy-five-year-old Gurcharan Singh was just a child during Partition in 1947, when his family left their home in the city of Sialkot, in modern day Pakistan, to head to India.

The idea to open the corridor has been floated around since the 1980s, never coming to fruition due to the tumultuous relationship between the two nuclear armed South Asian neighbors.