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'Linking my comments to Sikh sentiments deliberate attempt to mislead and misinterpret': Pak Foreign Minister Qureshi on furore over his 'googly' remarks

Earlier on Friday, Qureshi had claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan has "bowled a googly at India by opening the Kartarpur corridor." 

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: December 02, 2018 22:43 IST ]
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday claimed that by dragging his 'googly' comments against the Sikh community was a deliberate attempt to 'misrepresent and mislead' by the Indian government.

Foreign Minister Qureshi on Sunday afternoon took to Twitter saying, "Dragging my comment towards "Sikh sentiments" is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent & mislead. What I said was strictly with ref to bilat.interaction with the Indian Govt. We have deep respect for Sikh sentiments & no amount of distortions or controversies would change it."

"In deference to the long-standing desires of our Sikh brethren, we have decided to open Kartarpur corridor. We have taken this historic initiative in good faith and will carry it forward in good faith," he added to his tweet thread.

Earlier on Friday, Qureshi had claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan has "bowled a googly at India by opening the Kartarpur corridor." He made these remarks at a ceremony held in Islamabad to observe the 100-day performance of the Imran Khan-led Pakistani government.

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In response to Qureshi's statements, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated that that "India was not trapped by Pakistan's googlies."

Personally taking to Twitter, she commented, "Foreign Minister of Pakistan - Your 'googly' remarks in a dramatic manner has exposed none but YOU. This shows that you have no respect for Sikh sentiments. You only play 'googlies'."

Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday urged the Pakistani government to take action against the country's Foreign Minister for his remarks at the Kartarpur corridor last month, thereby disrespecting the sentiments of the Sikh community.

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