28/11/2018 4:55 PM IST | Updated 28/11/2018 5:18 PM IST

Want Strong Relationship With India, Says Pakistan PM Imran Khan At Kartarpur Ceremony

Imran Khan said Pakistan's civilian and military leadership are on the same page about having strong ties with India.

A file photo of Imran Khan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, he pitched for peace between India and Pakistan. He was quoted by ANI as saying, "The only issue between us is Kashmir and all it needs is just two capable leaderships to resolve this issue."

He further said that he wants a strong relationship with India and Pakistan's civilian and military leadership are on the same page regarding this.

He also questioned if France and Germany who fought several wars can live in peace, why not India and Pakistan.

News18quoted Khan as saying, "If India takes one step, we will take two towards friendship."

Talking about Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Khan said that he doesn't know why there was a hue and cry over the former Indian cricketer's push for peace and brotherhood during his previous visit to the country.

"I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-taking ceremony. I don't know why was he criticised. He was just talking about peace and brotherhood," Khan said.

The Pakistan Prime Minister also said that Sidhu can come and contest election in Pakistan's Punjab and he'll win.

Khan also said that he hopes they don't have to wait for Sidhu to become the Indian Prime Minister for everlasting friendship between the two nations.

This comes soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said there will be no dialogue with Pakistan unless it desists from terrorist activities against India.

"Unless and until Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC," Swaraj had said.

(With inputs from PTI)