Abdullah Gul (Defense Analyst):
It is good omen that make headway in second round of Kartarpur talks. Pakistan never wants trouble with its neighboring countries including India and Afghanistan. India has so many issues with the opening of Kartarpur border. Pakistan has tackled down most of the reservations expressed by Indian government regarding opening of the corridor and remaining can also be resolved. The Sikh pilgrims are coming to Pakistan from all over the world for their religious rituals and the Kartarpur Corridor will soon see the light of day which will greatly facilitate Sikh pilgrims crossing two countries. The decision has highlighted the soft image of Pakistan in front of the world. If the world still not recognized the goodwill gesture of Pakistan that it will expose its biased attitude. The international community is closing its eyes on Indian brutalities and human rights violations in held Kashmir and Pakistan is making all out efforts for regional peace and stability.
Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert):
Pakistan has been offering the Kartarpur corridor for quite some time but India always created hurdles in this regard. But now it is good development that over 80% reservations have been addressed in modalities of the corridor and remaining are expected to be resolved. Sikh pilgrims will be able to travel freely between the two holy sites without visas for the first time since the border was established. Pakistan was working to narrow the trust deficit with India and planned to open the corridor as one of the initiatives to achieve the goal. Pak-India issues will also be discussed in Trump-Imran meeting.
Dr. Khurram Iqbal (IR Expert):
The opening of Kartarpur border is a positive initiative taken by PTI government as a goodwill gesture. During oath taking ceremony of PM Imran Khan, COAS made a commitment to Indian delegation came to attend the ceremony to open Kartarpur border before the 550th birth ceremony of Sikh’s spiritual leader Baba Guru Nanak. The decision was hailed by the Sikh community across the world. Pakistan made certain offers to India in order to normalize the prevailing tensions but India never adopted positive attitude. It is the time that India must review its policies towards Pakistan. The India-Pakistan debates have been led by belligerent minds, regularly perpetuating the negative narratives that have demonized the enemy and created virtuous self-images.
Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (IR Expert):
It is always the Indian attitude that whenever Pakistan takes a peace initiative it is always ruled out by India. The reason behind is that India realizes that if it agrees on some point then Kashmir issue will also be resolved. At the ground breaking of Kartarpur border, COAS was also present at the occasion who conveyed a message that Pakistani civil and military leadership are on the same page. India, as usual, created hurdles in this regard but faced condemnation at the international level. The policies of Narendra Modi have buried the concept of India as a secular state. Indian government has developed very stereotypical attitudes towards Pakistan, which are rigid and cannot change in a short period.
Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert):
Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is the final resting place of Baba Guru Nanak, after he spent the last 18 years of his life here. The place is considered a holy one for Sikhs across the world. Sikh community believes that the creation of the Kartarpur corridor is a dream comes true for the community, fulfilled by the Pakistani authorities. Pakistan is always ready to address Indian reservations. The path to peace may not be easy, but the destiny of billions in South Asia would be vastly improved if tensions disappeared between India and Pakistan. Instead of investing on their youths and empowering them to pursue an innovative approach for peace in the region, India is seldom interested in engaging the future of its country for unleashing the process of peace and reconciliation. It is time that the leadership of India and Pakistan, whether at the governmental or the civil society level, took practical steps to reduce, if not eliminate, more than seven decades of animosity.