The opening of the historic Kartarpur corridor was the brainchild of Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and it will hurt India for ever, a top pakistani minister claimed on Saturday, contradicted his government’s assertion that the idea behind the initiative was of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
On November 9, Prime Minister Khan inaugurated the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate the visa-free entry of Indian Sikh pilgrims to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev.
However, Pakistan’s Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, a known motormouth considered to be a close aide of Prime Minister Khan, contradicted the government’s claim on Saturday when he told reporters here that the opening of the corridor was the brainchild of Army chief General Bajwa and asserted that it will hurt India for ever.
“India will remember for ever the kind of wound inflicted on it by Gen Bajwa by opening Kartarpur corridor,” he said.
“Gen Bajwa strongly hit India by opening the corridor. Through this project, Pakistan has created a new environment of peace and won itself love of the Sikh community, ” he said.
Rashid claimed that the Indian media “played up” the issue of General Bajwa’s extension.
“The Imran Khan government has three more years and Bajwa has got three years in extension and not six months. So our government will complete its tenure,” he said, indirectly referring that General Bajwa is here to back prime minister Khan’s government.
General Bajwa did not attend the Kartarpur Corridor’s opening ceremony apparently to avoid any controversy.
In the ground breaking ceremony on November 28 last year, the hug of Congress leader Sidhu with General Bajwa had sparked a controversy.
The inauguration of the corridor came in the midst of frayed ties between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s August 5 decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcate the State into two Union Territories.
Notwithstanding a chill in the bilateral ties over Kashmir, India and Pakistan after tough negotiations signed an agreement in October, paving the way for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9.
Courtesy: News 18