At a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, 28 November, spoke about resolving the Kashmir conflict and the country’s relationship with India
Khan said that “the only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue. Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships become strong,” reported news agency ANI.
He also said that if India takes one step towards peace, Pakistan will take two.
Social Media Welcomes Pak PM’s Peace Overture
Many users on social media welcomed Khan’s stand on India-Pakistan relations.
Speaking at opening of #KartarpurCorridor @ImranKhanPTI quotes Munir Niazi and says "Mistakes made on both sides. Our countries must stop blame game. If France & Germany can leave their bloody past behind why can't India & Pakistan break the Zanjeer of the Past" pic.twitter.com/b8h0UEMkkZ— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 28, 2018
What an inspiring speech by Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI at Kartarpur! He promises to take two steps towards peace for every step India takes.— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) November 28, 2018
Imran Khan speaks about N weapons and the foolishness of India and Pakistan thinking about a war.— Viju Cherian (@vijucherian) November 28, 2018
This is a big moment for Navjot Singh Sidhu. #KartarpurBorderOpening
This picture tells the whole story. Well done PM Imran Khan and Government of Pakistan for opening this border for the first time in 71 years of bilateral Indo-Pak history. Perhaps, this is the image which every Pakistani want to see.— Hyster WaQaS (@Waqas_amjad) November 28, 2018
A TOLERANT PAKISTAN.#KartarpuraCorridor pic.twitter.com/A94Dy15iX2
One thing that has been consistent about Imran Khan all his life, apart from his candor, is his anti-war stance #KartarpurCorridor— Muhammad Faysal (@_Faysal) November 28, 2018
PM Imran Khans big message to India. Let’s us resolve Kashmir thru dialogue. Let us take care of the massive poverty which afflicts our countries. Let’s open our borders for trade. Let peace and friendship be the guiding principle. We will take two steps if India takes one.— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) November 28, 2018
Some Netizens Critical of Khan’s Speech
There were, however, those who were critical of Khan’s speech, with some pointing out the Pakistan PM’s alleged support for JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed.
Everyone else was talking abt Baba Guru Nanak. Imran Khan is talking about Imran Khan.— mohammedhanif (@mohammedhanif) November 28, 2018
At least Imran Khan is consistent here. No on the one hand/on the other hand hedging, or hypocrisy... https://t.co/eJ8XC5wVNw— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) November 28, 2018
Terrorism is the main issue, kashmir comes next.— Prakash Panday (@Prakash16450564) November 28, 2018
Pakistan PM Imran Khan runs a nation where Sikh or Hindu Pakistani can not become Prime minister— रवि कांत (@LegalKant) November 28, 2018
Where #Ahmadiyya Muslim are legally barred from saying 'salam'
This is the reality of Pakistan that no @sherryontopp or Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa wlll tell
Imran Khan has no right to speak on Indian leadership capabilities especially in presence of representatives of Govt of India-apart from being undignified-he must not forget India doesn’t need sermons on leadership -we have reached the stars & Pak only created wars!!— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) November 28, 2018
Forget getting arrested, in the last 10 years Hafiz Saeed has become a politician in Pakistan. PM Imran Khan even moved an adjournment notice against ban on his outfit JuD. #MumbaiTerrorAttack pic.twitter.com/xVtlS4dDQk— Monica (@TrulyMonica) November 26, 2018
The foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor was laid in the presence of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the event in Pakistan.
The corridor will pave the way for Indian pilgrims to visit Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Gurudwara in Pakistan, believed to be the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev.
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