Pakistan and India begin construction of 'corridor of peace'

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"I am happy when something is grounded in positive hope".

Sidhu has already arrived in Lahore with a group of Indian journalists to attend the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday.

Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj said that "unless and until Pakistan stops terror activities in India, there will be no dialogue", sending a clear message that Pakistan's peace overtures are meaningless gestures until all issues are resolved.

"Let's promote love and peace".

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.

A number of Indian politicians were amongst those attending. "A dream has come true finally". It is obvious that the issue is an emotive one for Sikhs who have been fighting for it for decades, but did India really need to lay the cornerstone for it on the 10th anniversary of 26/11, with vice-president Venkaiah Naidu calling it a "historic day"?

Thanking the first lady for putting up with his tough schedule, Khan said that Bushra Begum helped him in hard times, adding that I have taken just one day off in 100 days. A blessing for Pakistani nation.

Sidhu's picture with Chawla may go wrong with him as he (Chawla) heads the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, that provoked anger in India.

He said the citizens of both countries want peace and it is just the leadership which needs to be on same page.

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who received the most applause, said it was unfair for pilgrims to have been prevented from visiting Kartarpur. The BJP minister also said that Navjot Singh Sidhu should maintain distance in such meetings.

"Sidhu is such a minister who does not listen to his own chief minister".

"It's a confidence building measure but at the end of the day India and Pakistan are still at loggerheads". Back in 2014, Modi invited then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and later visited him in Pakistan on his birthday in December, 2015.

Qureshi also said Pakistan wanted to strengthen ties with the United States, which has been pressing Islamabad to do more to curb terrorism.

In his tweet, the Spokesperson of the Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal said, "The world comes together for the #PakistanKartarpurSpirit - diplomats attending the groundbreaking ceremony". "Violence must stop and peace should return to the region", he said. "So is the case for all our neighbors", General Bajwa said. This led them to consider whether Pakistan had fully thought through the initiative.

Khan assured Sikh visitors from India that they will find their worship place and surrounding complex a completely developed structure equipped with all facilities and comforts when they visit Pakistan for the 550th birthday celebration of the Sikh guru. There is great potential for doing good by each other as it is for persisting with enmity. The visit was not aimed at promoting Pak-India relations, he added.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.

Vajpayee, who died on August 16, 2018 at the age of 93, after a prolonged illness, had made a significant diplomatic breakthrough that didn't last very long. He added that the Kartarpur corridor was the first step towards improving relations.

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