There is a popular feeling about the possibility of a new chapter in Indo-Pak peace beginning
Chanchal M Singh
There is rare euphoria in Pakistan over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor scheduled to take place on November 28. People here are rating it as a major diplomatic feat of the Pakistan government led by prime minister Imran Khan which has just completed its 90 days. Politicians across the party lines as much as the media here has pinned a lot of hopes on the ceremony to initiate a new peace process between India and Pakistan.It is being generally felt in academic and media circles that Imran Khan has taken a major policy shift in his foreign policy towards India. Coming at a time when the Modi government had taken a firm stand on refusing to enter into talks with Pakistan. Many consider it a masterstroke of Imran Khan whose popularity among the Punjabis has soared dramatically after this big initiative. On the international front also it has earned Pakistan some positive points, besides reaffirming its image of the government that “cares for the minorities”. All this has come at a time when Pakistan has already prepared plans to start a regular bus service for the Sikh devotees from Kartarpur to Nankana Sahib via Mudrika.Moreover, the Narowal railway station, near Kartarpur is also being upgraded and modernised along with the Hassan Abdul railway station near Panja Sahib gurdwara. The fact that India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the corridor on the Indian side in the presence of two cabinet ministers, Mrs Harsimrat Kaur and Hardeep Singh, has made people very optimistic about the peace process between the two countries to initiate in a big way.
(The writer is a freelance journalist)