Published On: Wed, Nov 28th, 2018

Corridor cannot change relations; have to deal with ground reality of terror: Puri

Attari (Punjab): Union Minister of State Hardeep Puri on Wednesday said though the Kartarpur Corridor was a welcome initiative between India and Pakistan, the relations between the countries could not change just because of this and India will have to deal with the “ground reality of terror”.

Pakistan will have to show intentions if it wanted relations with India to move forward

“We have to deal with ground reality of terror. Terror and talks don’t make a happy companion. Relations between both countries cannot change because of the corridor,” Puri told media immediately after returning to India on Wednesday evening after attending the ground breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan along with Union cabinet minister Harsimrat Badal.

Puri made it clear that Pakistan will have to show intentions if it wanted relations with India to move forward.

“Pakistan will have to do a lot of work on (controlling) terrorism and infiltration. If there is delivery on terrorism, and that is an essential pre-requisite, (we can move ahead),” he said.

Refusing to get into the controversy over credit for the Kartarpur Corridor being approved by governments of India and Pakistan and Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s role, Puri said: “Talks on the Kartarpur Corridor have been going on for seven months.”

Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Badal said she and Puri had gone to Pakistan to represent the country and also offer prayers to Guru Nanak Dev who spread the message of love and peace.

“I have told the media there that Kashmir is part of India and will remain as such. There is no scope for negotiation on this,” Harsimrat, who acknowledged that they were given a lot of warmth and respect in Pakistan, told media after her return.

Both ministers represented India at the function where Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor project near the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara, where Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak Dev, spent the last 18 years of his life.

Earlier, while heading for Pakistan, Puri said there was an “opportunity and goodwill” in the decision of the Indian and Pakistani governments to build the Kartarpur Corridor, but sounded a note of caution: “We have to be acutely conscious of the ground realities” in the two nations.

“This is a historic day. This is a long standing demand of the Sikh community. At least, what I know, since 1994-95, we have been making this demand,” said Puri, who walked across to Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah check post, around 30 km from Amritsar.

“This decision is anchored in hope and goodwill. But we have to be acutely conscious of the ground realities. And the ground realities are that the two countries, on account of a lot of factors, house distrust,” he said.

“We have felt for very long that we have been at the receiving end of actions of a country which should not have allowed certain forces on its territory. I don’t want to touch on those now,” Puri said.

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