Kartarpur: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday claimed that if Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu contested elections in Pakistan, he would win.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan, Khan further said that he hoped that both India and Pakistan don’t have to wait for Sidhu to become the Indian PM for everlasting friendship between the two nations.

Khan also said he did not understand as to why was Sidhu criticised back in India after his visit to Pakistan which the Punjab Minister had undertaken during his oath-taking ceremony. He said he wondered as to why there were a hue and cry over the former Sidhu’s push for peace and brotherhood during his earlier visit to the country.

“I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-taking ceremony. I don’t know why was he criticised. He was just talking about peace and brotherhood. He can come and contest election here in Pakistan’s Punjab, he’ll win,” Khan said.

Stating that Pakistan wanted a civilised relationship with India, Khan said “Pakistan wants a strong relationship with India. He added that his country’s civilian and military leadership were on the same page on this.

“For 70 years, we have been fighting with each other… India points fingers at Pakistan, and Pakistan points fingers at India. There have been mistakes on both sides, but how long must we keep play this blame-game? Every time we take one step ahead, we slide two steps behind,” he said.

Khan also raised the bone of contention between the two nations, that is, the Kashmir issue saying that “two capable leadership” can resolve it.

“The only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leadership to resolve this issue. Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get strong,” he said.

Khan laid the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur Corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free movement of Sikh pilgrims.

(With agency inputs)