India Slams Pakistani PM Imran Khan for His ‘Pakistan Wants Peace’ Comment

Hannah Rogers
December 1, 2018

"It is not in our interest to allow the use of Pakistan's territory for terror outside". He was just talking about peace.

When asked whether it is possible to resolve the Kashmir issue, the Pakistan PM said: "Nothing is impossible".

India, which is observing the 10th anniversary of one of the worst terrorist attacks in the country, has been pushing Pakistan to bring to justice the planners of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has poked fun at his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in diplomatically risqué comments that are likely to rile New Delhi. "If France and Germany can leave their bloody past behind why can't India and Pakistan break the shackles of the past". Situated in Pakistan's Kartarpur town, Gurudwara Darbar Sahib is among the holiest sites for Sikh community. "Bilateral dialogue and the Kartarpur corridor are two different things", said Swaraj at a press conference in Hyderabad.

"The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start but the dialogue is not connected with only the Kartarpur corridor", Indian media quoted her as telling reporters in Hyderabad ahead of the groundbreaking on the Pakistani side.

Sikhs from India have traveled to Pakistan to pay homage at the shrine for years but the trip is a hard one to make due to a contentious relationship and security concerns.

Talking to mediapersons at the Attari-Wagah border, the Union minister said that Sidhu seems to have "more love and respect" in Pakistan than he has in India, adding that the cricketer-turned-politician has "some good relationships over there".

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The corridor will enable devotees to travel from the border town of Gurdaspur and across the global border into Pakistan without visas.

"Both our countries have atomic weapons".

She also declined an invitation from Islamabad for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the upcoming SAARC summit in the capital by categorically saying that "we will not participate in SAARC". Pakistan denied any role in the attack.

The Indian Foreign Minister released a statement expressing "grave concern at the reports of attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the Indian pilgrims to Pakistan, to incite communal disharmony and intolerance and promote secessionist tendencies with the objective of undermining India's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

Mr Kugelman said: "It's politically risky for the Indian government, particularly for a Hindu nationalist government like the current one, to extend an olive branch to Pakistan during the height of campaign season".

He, however, regretted that the Indian response has so far been disappointing. "However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture".

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