Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh along with other leaders laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor, which will facilitate easy passage to Sikh pilgrims to the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, on Monday.
We are happy that Pakistan had accepted our long pending demand," says Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. "Now, you would not have to take a long and arduous route through Attari border. Now you would be able to visit the holy Kartarpur site directly," he adds.
"This is a corridor to the shrine of peace, harmony and humanism, to the universal vision of a world as one family, to the service to humanity. This is a corridor that opens new doors. It is a path that opens up new possibilities. In a world that is increasingly torn with narrow tunnel vision, bigotry and dogmatism, a world that is being fragmented and divided, a world that is witnessing needless violence and endless conflicts, we need all the strength to dispel the darkness that constantly threatens to envelop individuals, communities and nations," he says.
"We want good relationships with all our neighbours," cites PM Modi's Lahore visit as his desire for peace. "But India will never accept terrorism, it will not help those who send terrorists here," he adds.