New Delhi. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the fall of the Berlin Wall to underline the potentially transformative nature of developing the Kartarpur corridor between the two countries, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday extended to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Kartarpur on November 28, which will be attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Swaraj, however, responded by saying that she would not be able to attend the ceremony since she had “prior commitments” at the election campaign in Telangana.
However, she nominated her Cabinet colleagues, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, to attend the ceremony as the Indian government’s representatives.
“We hope that the Government of Pakistan will expedite construction of the corridor in order to ensure that our citizens can pay their respects at the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor as soon as possible,” she said, in her reponse.
This is the second time Pakistan has reached out to India since a new government led by Imran Khan came to power in August.
In September, within 24 hours of accepting Pakistan’s invitation for a meeting of foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, India had declined the offer, citing the “killing of Indian security forces” and the “glorification” of terrorists.