India committed to ensure Kartarpur corridor comes up fast, Pak should cooperate: VK Singh

File photo of Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 25, 2018, 10.59 AM (IST)

Minister of State, External Affairs VK Singh said that India is committed to ensuring that Kartarpur corridor comes up fast, adding that India would want Pakistan to cooperate, news agency ANI reported. 

Singh noted that a conducive environment should be in place to initiate talks between India and Pakistan, which will not be possible if Pakistan aids terrorism. 

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"It was made clear by our PM to Nawaz Sharif that creation of an environment conducive to peace is his responsibility. If you’re going to aid terrorism it isn't possible to talk. For 4.5 yrs we’ve adhered to it, it's the most uniform policy we’ve followed," Singh stated.

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The minister hailed Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj for her work and accomplishments as a leader further adding that the decision to not go to Pakistan or not to contest next year's Lok Sabha polls is completely "personal and based on her health issues." 

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"She's a senior and accomplished leader. She's done extremely well whichever appointment she was in and taking a decision is personal because of health issues. Quite sure she'll continue to get very imp roles in future," Singh said. 

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"There's enough law and order machinery available. I'm quite sure the govt being that of BJP, unlike other parties, will ensure that law and order is maintained," Singh reacted over Akhilesh Yadav's statement that Army should be brought in Ayodhya if required.

Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj on Saturday announced that India will be sending two ministers to take part in Kartarpur corridor's groundbreaking ceremony on November 28, which will be done by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj thanked Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for an invite to attend the ceremony. However, she added, she will not travel to Pakistan to attend the event due to prior commitments, including campaigning for the Telangana assembly elections. Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri will travel to Pakistan instead.