Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while Speaking to a delegation of civil society and parliamentarians of Afghanistan, which is currently visiting Pakistan for the ‘Track-II dialogue, laid the rumors regarding opening of Kartarpur Corridor and made it clear that despite tensions with India, Pakistan stands ready to open the Kartarpur Corridor. He said that Pakistan will welcome the Sikh pilgrims to the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
“Despite our tensions with India, we have decided go ahead with Kartarpur Corridor and we stand ready to welcome the Sikh pilgrims for the 550th anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak”, Qureshi told the delegation. He also made it clear that ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India will not affect the relations of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“ Pakistan is totally focused on the situation and its role in Afghanistan. It [Kashmir situation] can be a huge distraction but we are very clear what we need to do in Afghanistan,” he added . We want good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan and peaceful co-existence. We have no favourites in the upcoming election. It is not our business who governs Afghanistan. We will not interfere. Whoever you [Afghanistan] will choose, we will work with them.”
He also said that “we do not want Talibanisation of any region but they [Taliban] are Afghans and they are a reality”. He added: “We will also support intra-Afghan dialogue. The process has to be “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led.”
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20 September, 2019