New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday rubbished Shah Mehmood Qureshi, country’s Foreign Minister ‘googly’ comment. saying the ground-breaking ceremony of thecand the invitation sent to the Indian ministers was a simple and sincere effort to maintain good relations with India. While Addressing TV anchors at a press briefing, Khan, called the the ground-breaking ceremony of Kartarpur a peace initiative.
Khans’s reaction comes a day after Shah Mehmood Qureshi while responding to criticisms said that lnking his remarks to ‘Sikh sentiments’ was misleading. ”Dragging my comment towards ‘Sikh sentiments’ is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent & mislead. What I said was strictly with ref to bilateral interaction with the Indian Government,” Qureshi had tweeted yesterday.
“We have deep respect for Sikh sentiments and no amount of distortions or controversies would change it,” he added. Qureshi also said the Kartarpur Corridor was opened to fulfil the desires of the Sikh community. “In deference to the long-standing desires of our Sikh brethren, we decided to open the Kartarpur Corridor. We have taken this historic initiative in good faith and will carry it forward in good faith,” he said further.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had lambasted Qureshi for his controversial ‘googly’ remarks saying that his comments showed that Pakistan has “no respect for Sikh sentiments”.
“Mr. Foreign Minister of Pakistan – Your ‘googly’ remarks in a dramatic manner has exposed none but YOU. This shows that you have no respect for Sikh sentiments. You only play ‘googlies’. Let me explain to you that we were not trapped by your ‘googlies’. Our two Sikh Ministers went to Kartarpur Sahib to offer prayers in the Holy Gurudwara,” Swaraj had tweeted yesterday. A googly is a leg-spinner’s prize weapon, which is almost undetectable.
On Thursday, while lauding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the former bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government’s presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor event. “Imran delivered a googly and India sent two ministers to Pakistan,” he said, using a cricketing term. A googly is a leg-spinner’s prize weapon, which is almost undetectable. Qureshi noted that it was the same Indian government that had said it will not engage with Pakistan.
He had made these remarks at a ceremony held in Islamabad to observe the 100-day performance of the Imran Khan-led Pakistani government.