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Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan’s great effort to normalize Indo-Pak situation
April 15, 2019

Dr. Amna Mehmood (IR Expert):

 

Opening of the Kartarpur border is a great effort of Pakistan to normalize the prevailing Indo-Pak situation. Sikh community is majority in Indian Punjab and opening of Kartarpur border was long-awaited demand of Sikh community across the world. The Sikh community has hailed the government of Pakistan over this initiative. Pakistan conveyed a message of love and peace to the world as peace in the region can bring prosperity to the people. Pakistan belongs to all ethnicities and there is a need to promote harmony among the people irrespective of their religious faith. Kartarpur Corridor would make it easy for the Sikh pilgrims to visit their holy shrine. We should never expect positive attitude from Indian side however Kartarpur project would help improve the countries' relationship to some extent.

Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi (Expert on CPEC):

 

The government is taking good initiatives under CPEC that will strengthen the national economy. The mega project will connect the less developed with developed areas for shared prosperity. Many foreign investors have been expressing keen interest to invest in development projects in Pakistan. The economic and development opportunities along the CPEC routes, special economic zones, industrial parks and oil pipelines will create tremendous openings and employment opportunities for people across the country. China always played a very positive role in maintaining peace, security and stability in the region. Pakistan will have an access to western markets that will boost the trade and increase our exports. The CPEC will open doors to immense economic opportunities not only to Pakistan but will physically connect China to its markets in Asia, Europe and beyond.

Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert):

 

The decision of Pakistan for Kartarpur border opening has been hailed by the world specifically by Sikh community. The decision will; be helpful in changing perceptions of Sikh community for Pakistan. Three kilometers from the Indian border, in the tranquil green plains of the Narowal district of Punjab in Pakistan is an unassuming sacred shrine: Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib which is the most significant shrine for Sikhs. This corridor has its political and economic importance as well. Pakistan and India had held a technical meeting to discuss the plan for the corridor that indicated areas relating to the corridor. India will never want to give the credit of this initiative to Pakistan and using the initiative for its political interests in ongoing Indian elections.

Chanchal Manohar Singh (Senior Journalist and Peace Activist from India):

The first of the 10 Sikh gurus, Guru Nanak, had spent the last 17 years of his life at Kartarpur. He assembled a Sikh community there, and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539. Guru Nanak Dev was born at Nanakana Sahib. The Sikh community across the world has respect for the Pakistani government over this decision. Indian Prime Minister has never accepted Sikh community and other minorities as Indian citizens. Some Indian politicians have been conspiring against Sikh community and Kartarpur corridor but the fact is that nothing can stop from construction of Kartarpur border. India-Pakistan conflict owes more to historical and psychological nearness than to mere competition for resources or territory. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab's Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India.

Dr. Talat Wazarat (IR Expert):

 

Pakistan’s government has taken the historic decision for opening of Kartarpur border that has been appreciated by the world community. The corridor will give uninterrupted access to Sikh pilgrims from India to visit a holy site in Pakistan along the border between both countries’ homonymous provinces of Punjab. Indian government has left with no other option but to accept Pakistan’s initiative in this regard. The Indian government is playing delay tactics for constructing the Kartarpur border. Pakistan regretted India's decision to postpone the upcoming Kartarpur meeting as the last minute postponement without seeking views from Pakistan is incomprehensible. It is my personal opinion that Indian government is scared of hospitality of Pakistan that could inspire the Sikh yatrees. The Indian government is in a quandary, displeased with this development but unwilling to alienate the Sikh sentiment.

Hamayun Iqbal Shami (Chairman, Pakistan Economic Forum):

 

Foreign investment from Europe, Middle East and other parts of the world will pour into Pakistan, which is an evidence of positive impact of CPEC on our economy. The first phase of Pakistan China Economic Corridor has almost been completed. Now, the government should focus on establishment of special economic zones under this project at the earliest. CPEC holds immense promise for regional integration as it could bring various economic opportunities at large for every country that will join the project. It can pave the way to promote regional and cross regional economic and trade integration among various neighboring countries to China and Pakistan.