Highlights of Kartarpur corridor ceremony

Kartarpur: Reaching out to India in a big way, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said it will be madness to think of war between the two nuclear-armed states and that friendship was the only option even as he asserted that the Army and political leadership in Islamabad were on the same page on improving ties with New Delhi.

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Imran Khan on Wednesday on a lighter note said that former Indian cricketer and current Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will win hands down if he contests elections there.

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War is not an option for nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Wednesday, adding that “friendship” was the only alternative. “If India takes one step, we will take two steps for peace” he added.

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“If Germany and France can live together, why can’t us? I keep hearing from Indians that Pakistan army doesn’t want good relations with India. I want to say that the army is on the same page as the government and all political parties in seeking better ties. We want to move forward and have a civilised relationship. I hope we don’t have to wait for (Navjot Singh) Sidhu to become PM to have good relations with India.”

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Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in his speech at the ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor praised Pakistan PM Imran Khan. “Both the governments deserve credit as it takes two to tango. But Imran Sahib has shown that he is not the type of man who will let you down. He has done what we could not achieve in 73 years,” said Sidhu.