Indian Minister for External Affairs (EAM) SushmaSwaraj on Wednesday said that India will not be attending the Saarc summit being organised in Islamabad, Pakistan, India media reports said. He was just talking about peace & brotherhood. We need to talk about it, there is nothing that can't be solved, he said, adding that we need a big dream and political will. "The dialogue will not be connected with the Kartarpur corridor", she said.
According to an India Today report, intelligence sources said that Chawla was in contact with ISI and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed to hatch a terror plot.
Pakistan must also "take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and all kind of support to cross border terrorism from territories under its control", they said.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor, in Pakistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran who laid the foundation stone on Wednesday said that the only issue between India and Pakistan is Kashmir; and it all needs is just two capable leadership to resolve this issue. "The seed that Imran Khan sowed three months ago has become a tree now and me and 120 million Sikhs could not be happier", he said. "He has been a good friend and delivered his promise", Sidhu said. Both nations routinely accuse the other of supporting cross-border insurgencies.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar came down heavily on Sidhu for praising Khan, saying at a time when Pakistan was indulging in terror activities, one required to be cautious about the choice of words. He said there had been enough bad blood and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to open the doors of the hearts of the people.
S.M. Qureshi interacting with Indian journalists. Credit Devirupa Mitra
"But this does not mean that the bilateral dialogue will start only on this".
India last week gave the go-ahead to Pakistan's proposal to build Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims wishing to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Narowal District near the Indian border. Participation of all member states is mandatory for the convening of a Saarc summit. The Gurdwara was home to Guru Nanak Dev, one of the leaders of the faith for 18 years and he died there in 1539.
The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary next year.
The corridor was first proposed by India around 20 years ago. He said if India takes one step forward, Pakistan will take two steps. Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu too left for Pakistan yesterday for the same ceremony.
Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.