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Pakistan backtracks, says no formal communication with India on opening Kartarpur Sahib corridor; Akali Dal accuses Sidhu of lying

After Mohammad Faisal’s statement, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) launched a scathing attack on Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and accused him of lying on this issue.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 19, 2018 23:27 IST ]

Pakistan FO spokesperson Mohammad Faisal

Backtracking on its earlier statement regarding opening of Kartarpur Sahib corridor for Indian Sikh pilgrims, Pakistan on Wednesday said that no such ‘formal’ proposal is under its consideration. 

Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO), told media persons that no formal communication has taken place with India in this regard.

However, he added that Pakistan is open to consider and discuss any such proposal.

"No formal communication with India on Kartarpur corridor. Pakistan remains open and positive," Mohammad Faisal said.

After Mohammad Faisal’s statement, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) launched a scathing attack on Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and accused him of lying on this issue.

Asking Sidhu to come clean on the issue, senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said, "You must now come clean and tell why you became a mouthpiece for the Pakistan Army General and its Inter-Services Intelligence and gave an impression that Pakistan was ready to open the corridor but India was coming in the way." 

Watch: Pakistan backtracks on opening Kartarpur Sahib corridor

 
However, Navjot Singh Sidhu refused to change his stand. Sidhu said that he has initiated the process and now it is for the Indian government to take it forward.

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