New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 28: While Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal leave for Pakistan to attend Kartarpur Corridor foundation stone laying ceremony External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has given a big statement on India-Pakistan ties in context of the Kartarpur Corridor. "For many years the Indian Government has been asking for this (#Kartarpur) corridor, only now Pakistan responded positively. It doesn’t mean the bilateral dialogue will start because of this, terror & talks can’t go together, " said EAM Sushma Swaraj.
"I feel extremely grateful and privileged to be able to make this pilgrimage. This was a long-standing demand of the Sikh community. Express gratitude also to Pakistan government," said Union Minister Hardeep Puri before leaving for Pakistan for Kartarpur Corridor foundation stone laying ceremony.Earlier Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, "The Kartarpur Corridor would promote peace and erase "enmity" between India and Pakistan and create infinite possibilities between them, including the resumption of cricket ties."The 4-km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib Narowal in Pakistan. The corridor will provide visa-free access to the Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwaraPrime Minister Imran Khan will perform the groundbreaking of the corridor on Wednesday.Sidhu thanked Khan for making this corridor possible which he said will help promote peace between the two countries.