The News – PM Imran Khan says ready to hold talks with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi

Bajaur – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan, 16 March 2019. ur desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness but our desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness.

PM Imran Khan was addressing a public rally in Bajaur Agency here on Friday.

Imran Khan said, “For the progress and betterment of Pakistan, I’m ready to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

He thanked the people of Bajaur district on making the inaugural Jalsa of Prime Minister a big success.

Imran Khan said “People of tribal districts gave sacrifices for Pakistan, we have decided to allot 3 percent of provincial NFC for the development of tribal districts.”

Imran Khan said, “We don’t want War, we want Peace, we want to open the doors of Trade, but our wish for Peace should not be considered our weakness, we know how to defend the country and we already have.”

Imran Khan lauded Pakistan Air Force defending the country.

He went on to say, Indian political party is cashing the hatred for their political gains in upcoming election.

Imran Khan assured the residents that internet service will be provided in Bajaur district.

“Democracy is not in danger, big dacoits are in danger,” said the Prime Minister, adding that Charter of Democracy is basically Charter of Corruption.

“No one will get NRO, no deal will take place with the corrupt people,” he made it clear.

The Tribune – Pakistan response on India’s demands on Kartarpur inadequate: Panjab CM Amarinder Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 15 March 2019. Expressing disappointment at Pakistan’s response to the various issues raised by India during the first meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged Islamabad to be more amenable and responsive to India’s demands, keeping in view the interests of the devotees seeking to pay obeisance at the historic gurdwara across the border.

In a statement issued here, the Chief Minister said Islamabad’s response to India’s demands is totally inadequate and the neighbouring country needed to reconsider its stand if the corridor is to serve its true purpose, in the spirit in which it was decided to be opened.

The governments of the two countries took a historic decision by agreeing to open the corridor to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, in November this year, Amarinder said, lauding the fact that the Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF airstrikes were not allowed to scuttle the talks between the two sides on taking the project forward.

It was good that the two countries remained on track with the project deadlines, but Pakistan needed to go a step further to make the initiative truly meaningful for the pilgrims, particularly the Sikh community, which had been deprived of darshan at the Kartarpur gurdwara for over 70 years, he added.

The limitation of 500 pilgrims a day, as proposed by Pakistan, is extremely insufficient to cater to the aspirations of the large number of devotees desirous of darshan at the gurdwara, said the Chief Minister. And curtailing the visit to a limited number of days in a week would defeat the purpose even further, he added.

“Pakistan’s response to India’s demands on Kartarpur Corridor is totally inadequate. The Corridor won’t serve its true purpose with such limitations. Sikhs have been deprived of Kartarpur gurdwara darshan for 70 years, need to allow more people every day, including from overseas,” he tweeted.

Amarinder reiterated his demand for visa-free ‘khule darshan’ at the gurdwara for Indians of all faiths, from India and overseas, seven days a week.

“Pilgrims should be allowed to go through Kartarpur Corridor for ‘khule darshan’ at the historic gurdwara all 7 days a week. Special permits should be good for identity, the visa requirement needs to be waived. Pakistan has to be more responsive on this issue,” he further tweeted.