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India has strongly condemned comments made by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday.

"It is deeply regrettable that the prime minister of Pakistan chose to politicise the pious occasion meant to realise the long pending demand of the Sikh community to develop Kartarpur corridor by making unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India", India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

"#Kashmir finds a mention at the groundbreaking of the #KartarpuraCorridor".

"We have just one issue - Kashmir. Makes it sound so simple", Omar wrote on twitter.

"This corridor will be a historical landmark between India and Pakistan and will also boost tourism as more pilgrims would visit the holy shrine throughout the year between two countries", said an Indian press release. It connects the Sikh shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib-located in Punjab, India, and the shrine of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan.

Talking of the need to work out an escalatory matrix in case offensive strategy is employed by India, Gen. Rawat said that to deter Pakistan, "we need the capability of punitive deterrence as a stalemate is not desirable".

The Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is expected to be completed within six months.

Sidhu said that both the nations should seek a path of brotherhood and live in harmony without any fear with the blessing of Guru Nanak Dev.

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Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri represented India at the event.

My parents used to come to Kartarpur and leave with tears in their eyes, he said, now, thanks to PM Khan, we can also come see Katarpur's Gurdwara. Speaking to reporters at the Wagah Border, Sidhu hailed the Kartarpur Corridor.

She brushed off any possibility of improvement in relations between India and and Pakistan, despite the opening of the Kartarpur crossing.

Sikhs from India have traveled to Pakistan to pay homage at the shrine for years but the trip is a hard one to make due to a contentious relationship and security concerns.

India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.

Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who also attended the ceremony, said there had been enough violence and that the corridor would be a major opportunity to bring peace to the region. The ties between the two countries had strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016.

"I already visited Pakistan, and it was me only who started the comprehensive bilateral dialogue", Swaraj said, according to NDTV.

More recently, in September, India canceled a meeting between Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, citing the killing of a soldier by militants associated with Pakistan as the reason for pulling out. Pakistan has warmly welcomed and initiated the ground-breaking ceremony and extended their hands in welcome to the Indian ministers and journalists on the occasion.

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