Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Nov 2018 13:03:52

THERE should be no doubt in anybody’s mind about the utility of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. Not only will the corridor facilitate devotees to access the famous and holy Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan, but also pave way to a better connect between the peoples of India and Pakistan in future. If this experiment succeeds, which it promises will, then Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi may try its replication in other regions as well. This is one peace initiative to which there will be no opposition from any quarters, including from those in Pakistan. However, the only sour note at the project’s foundation stone-laying ceremony was the threatening language used by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Amarinder Singh. He said, in effect, that Pakistan should not forget that India had a bigger Army than Pakistan’s and it can beat any enemy. At a peace initiative, such a language should never have been used. No matter that, we feel, the Kartarpur Corridor will make a positive difference to Indo-Pak ties.




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