India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening – PM Khan

India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening – PM Khan

Indian media has given Pakistan’s positive gesture of opening the Kartarpur border a ‘political color’.

While addressing the federal cabinet on Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan termed it unfortunate.

Unfortunately the Indian media has given Kartarpur border opening a political color as if we did this to gain some sort of political mileage. This is not true. We did it because it is part of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s manifesto,” the Prime Minister said.

Pakistan opened the Kartarpur border in November to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara. But unfortunately, India portrayed it as us seeking political advantage.

Prime Minister further said, “We have religious sites that are important for Hindus and Buddhists. We should open them up and facilitate the people.”

He said that the Sikh community has responded very positively to the effort. “It is to them what Madinah is to us Muslims. We hope that India will also respond positively in return,” PM said.

Pakistan’s Role:

Yesterday, special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad held a meeting with Prime Minister Khan. In reference to that meeting, the cabinet was told that,

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“Pakistan’s role in the region is now being recognized”.

Pakistan has always played an active role to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. It is a matter of great satisfaction that the United States has recognized Islamabad’s contribution to this effect, the Prime Minister was reported as saying.

Pakistan’s offer to act as a mediator in the Yemen conflict:

Prime Minister Khan said, “We talked to Saudi Arabia and Iran on the matter. Iran’s foreign minister gave us the go-ahead to try and see what could be done. We will try our best in this regard as well.”

Deflecting criticism:

The Prime Minister also came to his ministers’ defense, saying that the finance ministry, planning, and commerce ministries should be lauded for the efforts they have made under great pressure.

India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening – PM Khan

Those who are planning to invest:

Prime Minister Imran Khan told that various multinational companies have pledged to invest in Pakistan.

Let me name a few of the companies that are planning to invest here. Suzuki’s chairman promised an investment worth $450 million, The Coca-Cola Company will invest $500m and Pepsi Co will invest $400m, the Prime Minister said.

Investment by largest gas drilling company:

The largest gas drilling company, Exxon has come back to Pakistan after 27 years. They are immediately investing $200m in the country. The company is saying that by next summer, they expect to know exactly how many off-shore gas reserves we have, Prime Minister told.

Source: Dawn

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