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Kartarpur corridor ‘high point of diplomacy’ for Imran Khan govt: Pak

Pakistan on Thursday described the Kartarpur corridor as the “high point of diplomacy” for the Imran Khan government while admitted that there was “no progress” on the contentious issues with India.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal also said that the Kashmir issue remained “on top of Pakistan’s priority”.

At the weekly media briefing, Faisal said that the Kartarpur corridor was the “high point of diplomacy for Pakistan’s new government, along with Afghan (peace) developments.”

He said that Prime Minister Khan in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in September gave a detailed roadmap to move forward but New Delhi failed to reciprocate.

Faisal said that despite India’s refusal to start a dialogue, Pakistan went ahead with the groundbreaking of the Kartarpur corridor.

Faisal said, however, there was “no progress” on contentious issues with India and the Kartarpur corridor was the only positive development.

Condemning the violence in Kashmir, he said Pakistan would “observe Kashmir Solidary on February 5, 2019 in London where the foreign minister will be present.”

To a question about India’s role in the Afghan peace process, Faisal said, “India has no role in this”.

Faisal said that Pakistan wanted to develop peaceful ties with all neighbours and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s four-nation visit this week was to explore possibility of a win-win framework for regional connectivity, economic development with the objective economic growth and prosperity.

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