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Pakistan dismisses India's Kartarpur land swap offer

Pakistan opened the Kartarpur border in November to facilitate visa free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Narowal district, where Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life.

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New Delhi Published on: December 21, 2018 17:55 IST
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Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal 

Pakistan on Thursday rejected India’s request to swap Kartarpur with another piece of land in order to make it a part of India.

Talking to media persons, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that the decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor was a gesture for the Sikh minority community.

Faisal, however, firmly ruled out any possibility of swapping of land.

"There is absolutely no question of any land swap," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said. 

Pakistan opened the Kartarpur border in November to facilitate visa free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Narowal district, where Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life.

"The Kartarpur Corridor was a gesture for the Sikh minority community made on their request to provide a visa free corridor, facilitating their visit of a shrine of importance to them." 

"The decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor was taken at the state-to-state level and the Indian government was fully involved in it," Faisal added.

The Indian Punjab Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution on December 14, seeking a land swap deal between the two neighbours on Kartarpur.

(With IANS inputs)

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