Pakistan attempted to politicise religious issue: MEA on Kartarpur

Pakistan attempted to politicise religious issue: MEA on Kartarpur

New Delhi: Denouncing Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s “googly” remark over Kartarpur Corridor, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday asserted that Pakistan has “attempted to politicise a religious issue related to the sentiments of the Sikh community.”

Addressing the media, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “I would just like to add that we see the opening of Kartarpur corridor as a fulfillment of long pending demand of the Sikh community. It was unfortunate that Pakistan has attempted to politicise a religious issue related to the sentiments of the Sikh community.”

While expressing hope that Pakistan will take all necessary steps to implement their announcements regarding the Kartarpur Corridor, Kumar said, “In-principle announcements have been made by us and by the reciprocal announcements by the Pakistan side also have been made. Now the details of how the whole thing has to be worked out are to be discussed. Pakistan has to come true to its announcements on Kartarpur on their side of the border and implement those expeditiously.”

Qureshi had earlier claimed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has “bowled a googly at India by opening the Kartarpur Corridor”.

On November 28, Pakistan Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur Corridor along the India-Pakistan border. Once opened, it would allow Sikh pilgrims a direct access to the historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev died in 1539.