India won't participate in SAARC meet in Pakistan, says Sushma Swaraj

Kartarpur corridor not connected with dialogue with Pakistan, she says.

Updated - December 03, 2021 10:12 am IST

Published - November 28, 2018 01:03 pm IST - Hyderabad

Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said India would not participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Pakistan. 

She was responding to a question on Pakistan’s invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan for the summit. “We are not responding to it positively," she said at a press conference in Hyderabad, where she arrived for campaigning for the Telangana Assembly elections.

Ms. Swaraj said, "Unless and until Pakistan stops terrorism activities in India, there will be no dialogue and we will not participate in SAARC”. She had visited Pakistan once and it was she who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue, she noted. “ But what happened after that? Pathankot happened and Uri happened. We have to take a big picture.”

The Pathankot incident was a terrorist attack by a heavily armed group against Pathankot Air Force Station part of the Western Air Command in January 2016 when a civilian and many security personnel were killed.

"Two different things"

The Minister said the Kartarpur corridor initiative and bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan were two different things.

India had been asking for a corridor, which will facilitate visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan for many years and she was happy that Pakistan had for the first time responded positively.

“I am happy for the two-decade-long demand [for a link between two Sikh shrines in Punjab of India and Kartarpur in Pakistan]. But terror and talks cannot go together," she said, responding to a query on whether the Kartarpur corridor initiative will have the potential to bring peace between the two countries.


Imran Khan to lay foundation stone

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will be laying the foundation stone for the much-awaited corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.

Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the Ravi river, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

The corridor is expected to be completed within six months.

(With inputs from PTI )

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