Here’s what Imran Khan said at Kartarpur ceremony

Here’s what Imran Khan said at Kartarpur ceremony

"We want to have a civilised relationship with India", Khan said.

"There was so much love in Pakistan that every day probably 10,000 pictures were being taken of me alone and with several people there (in Pakistan), I don't know who Gopal Chawla is", Mr Sidhu, a cabinet minister in the Punjab government said, on his return to India through the Wagah Border. - AFP Prime Minister Imran Khan performs the groundbreaking of the Kartarpur corridor alongside Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Indian Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Badal and Puri.

There was a need for "showing strength, will and determination" by the leadership of the two countries to resolve all issues, Khan said after the foundation ceremony and emphasised that both countries are nuclear armed and "only a foolish individual can think one can win a nuclear war".

"#Kashmir finds a mention at the groundbreaking of the #KartarpuraCorridor".

"We have just one issue - Kashmir. Makes it sound so simple", Omar wrote on twitter.

The high profile event in Kartarpur in Pakistan, the site of the gurdwara that marks the final resting place of Guru Nanak, is being viewed in terms of a limited objective by the Indian side which does not see it translate into restarting structured talks between the two countries.

India last week gave the go-ahead to Pakistan's proposal to build Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District near the Indian border.

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The Indian external affairs minister had also been invited to attend the ceremony by her Pakistani counterpart, but she expressed her inability to undertake the visit due to prior commitments.

The move has been welcomed enthusiastically by the Sikh community, and also represents a rare instance of co-operation between the two countries, which have fought three wars against each other since independence. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has said that for talks to resume, Pakistan must end cross-border terrorism.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said poor relations between the two countries prevented the country from taking this step before. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on the cusp of general elections in India, has not responded warmly to this gesture.

Swaraj also requested in a tweet that Islamabad "expedite construction of the corridor in order to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible".

"Our neighbour wanted to weaken Pakistan", he said, in an apparent reference to India. Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism, used to live in this area. "I see it as pure symbolism and I don't see it as any change in either country's basic positions", said Ajai Sahni, the executive director of New Delhi based Institute for Conflict Management.

The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year. The country's elites and the establishment has been feeling the heat as the United States and other western nations seek action against terrorist groups based in Pakistan.

Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who also attended the ceremony, said there had been enough violence and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to bring peace to the region.

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