Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy on Sunday backed Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh’s decision to deny the invitation to attend the stone-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistan side. “No Indian minister should go to the other side of the border until Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism,” he said.
“I don’t think any Indian minister should go to attend any kind of event in Pakistan. They are also avoiding our diplomats from accompanying the people to religious places. Until Pakistan stops sponsoring cross-border terrorism, we should not permit anyone to go there for any kind of event,” Swamy said.
On Sunday, Amarinder declined an invitation for the stone-laying ceremony on 28 November, citing terror attacks in his state and the relentless killing of Indian troops on the Line of Control (LoC).
“Each day, Indian soldiers are either killed or wounded on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. Rather than moving towards normalcy, these incidents are escalating,” Amarindergave in his letter to Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
However, Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu stated that he would be attending the stone-laying ceremony of Kartarpur on Pakistan side, while praising the initiative taken by Indian and Pakistan governments to develop Kartarpur Corridor.
“It is a commendable step by both the governments of India and Pakistan. If you take a step, they will obviously take it further. Now that we have taken a step, they said that they would be inaugurating the historic corridor. It is a commendable initiative indeed,” Sidhu said. Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor, on the Pakistan side, on 28 November.