Sidhu will win if he contests election in Pakistan: Imran Khan

Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur Pakistan

India and Pakistan made some headway in improving their relations by announcing to jointly-construct a border crossing for millions of Indian Sikhs who have long desired to visit the shrine of Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, which is nestled in Kartarpur, in the Narowal district of Punjab, almost five kilometers away from Pakistan's eastern border.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan across the Ravi River, about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

The Kartarpur corridor is due to become operational next year, in time for celebrations of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak. It will provide year round visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims from India after more than seven decades. "Imran Khan said he will take two steps for every one step India takes but they (India) refused to engage even after the letter written to Narendra Modi". Only a foolish individual can think one can win a nuclear war. It is also a good sign that the Pakistani establishment has realized that direct battles or proxy wars will never yield any fruitful result, and it will only cause further deterioration of the economy of Pakistan.

This twisting of history and revision of geography is typical of a revisionist state but then Khan was only exploiting the space that India has gifted through its disastrous signals over Kartarpur corridor. They can not get any closer because the border between Pakistan and India blocks their path.

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad while campaigning ahead of the Telangana polls, Swaraj said: "See, bilateral dialogues and the Kartarpur corridor project are different things".

Perhaps General Qamar Javaid Bajwa, the Pakistani army chief of staff, is responsible for this initiative, and Khan is merely the symbolic political face. While, in India, the groundbreaking ceremony in Punjab's Gurdaspur district was performed on November 26, 2018, two days before Pakistan's ceremony.

More recently, in September, India canceled a meeting between Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, citing the killing of a soldier by militants associated with Pakistan as the reason for pulling out. Pakistan had last week announced that it would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border to help Indian pilgrims visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Khan's remarks came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj categorically ruled out the possibility of holding talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross-border terror activities.

Harsimrat Kaur, who also spoke on the occasion, said if the Berlin Wall can fall, hatred and mistrust between India and Pakistan can also end. The new corridor, which is planned to remain open year round, will cut their journey to a mere 6 kilometers. The Gurdwara was home to Guru Nanak Dev, one of the leaders of the faith for 18 years and he died there in 1539. Even if both Pakistan and India are willing to make peace with each other, the global powers involved in the great game in Afghanistan and the sale of billions of dollars worth of weapons to South Asian countries will never let peace prevail. "Its a step toward peace which our region needs", Pakistani military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor quoted him as saying.

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