New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday denounced Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s “googly” remark over Kartarpur Corridor and asserted that Pakistan has “attempted to politicise a religious issue related to the sentiments of the Sikh community.”
“I would just like to add that we see the opening of Kartarpur Corridor as a fulfilment 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,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said while addressing the media.
Expressing hope that Pakistan will take all necessary steps to implement their announcements regarding the Kartarpur Corridor, he 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.”
Condemning the terrorist attack in Chabahar, Iran, earlier in the day, he said, “India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in Chabahar, Iran. We express condolences to the govt and people of Iran and families of victims. Perpetrators should be brought to justice expeditiously. There can be no justification for any act of terror.”
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.