Expressing his desire to strengthen relationship with India, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that if France and Germany can come together then there is no reason why India and Pakistan can't do the same.
“ I want friendship with India…There is only one issue between India and Pakistan and that is Kashmir. In an era when we have landed at moon, there is no issue that can’t be solved,” Imran Khan said after laying the foundation stone of Kartarpur corridor.
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“The only issue between us is Kashmir, all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue. Just imagine the potential we have if our relationships get strong,” he added.
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Imran Khan said that the people of both India and Pakistan want friendship between the two countries, adding the people of Pakistan were very happy with the opening of the Kartarpur corridor.
“Happiness I saw today was like of those Muslims who are standing 4 km away from Medina on other side of the border, but are unable to visit it, but when they get chance to visit it, the happiness they get is the happiness they are relishing today,” Imran Khan said.
Imran Khan also added that he didn’t understand why Sidhu was facing criticism when he was just talking about peace and brotherhood.
“I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-taking ceremony. I don't know why was he criticised. He was just talking about peace & brotherhood. He can come and contest election here in Pakistan's Punjab, he'll win,” Imran Khan said.
Earlier, Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the historic Kartarpur Corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur - the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free movement of Sikh pilgrims.
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Navjot Sidhu can win election even in Pakistan: Imran Khan
Applauding Navjot Sidhu for his efforts to create an environment of peace and brotherhood between the two countries, Imran Khan said that the cricketer-turned-politician can win election even in Pakistan.
“I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-taking ceremony. I don’t know why was he criticised. He was just talking about peace and brotherhood,” Khan said.
He said Sidhu has such a large fan following in Pakistan, specially in the country’s Punjab province, that if he ran in elections here, he would win.
“He can come and contest election here in Pakistan’s Punjab, he’ll win,” the cricketer-turned-politician said about Sidhu.
“Hopefully we will not have to wait for Sidhu to become prime minister for relations to improve between the two countries and before that, Indian leadership will take positive steps,” Khan said.