Favours taking forward theinitiativeNew Delhi/Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday alleged that there is a “relentless negative propaganda campaign being waged by a section of the Indian media” on the Kartarpur Corridor initiative and hoped that “every effort would be made to preserve and take forward the Kartarpur spirit”.
“The inauguration of the Corridor project on both sides has created another moment of hope for the peoples of India and Pakistan. We hope every effort would be made to preserve and take forward the Kartarpur Spirit,” said a statement from the Pakistan Foreign ministry in Islamabad.
It said Imran Khan regime “rejects negative propaganda” campaign in Indian Media and maintained:
“We are deeply dismayed at the relentless negative propaganda campaign being waged by a section of the Indian media against Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor Initiative”.
It said, “We categorically reaffirm that the initiative to open this Corridor has been taken by the Government of Pakistan solely in deference to the longstanding wishes of our Sikh brethren, and especially in the wake of the forthcoming 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev ji”.
“Attributing any other motives is purely malicious,” it said and claimed - “We have received overwhelmingly positive response from the Sikh community — not only in India and Pakistan but also from across the globe”.
“The Government and people of Pakistan fully share their joy on this historic breakthrough and solemnly affirm that they will make every possible contribution to a befitting celebration of the auspicious occasion of Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in 2019”.
The statement said the government of Pakistan was “pleased” that distinguished guests from India, both from the Centre and from the Punjab, were able to join Prime Minister Imran Khan during the ground-breaking ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28, 2018.