"If France and Germany can be part of a union and move forward, why can't we?"
The external affairs minister added that the opening of the Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan does not imply resumption of dialogue.
Imran Khan said that there have been "mistakes on both sides" and asserted that the two sides should not live in the past. We always believe that Pakistan and India can not think about each other's larger interests.
Next year, we will provide all the possible facilities for you, he said.
Chawla's meeting with Bajwa on the sidelines of the event where Imran Khan talked of peace and about moving forward only exposed Pakistan's doublespeak.
India on Wednesday welcomed Pakistan's plans to build the Kartarpur corridor, which would allow Sikh pilgrims from across the border to enter the country without a visa, even as it refused to resume talks for a bilateral dialogue with Islamabad. "Pakistan has very cleverly changed the complete demography of PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan and so we are not sure as to who is an actual Kashmiri or is he a Punjabi who has come and occupied the areas", he said. The former cricket star reiterated his July election victory pledge that "if India takes one step forward, then we will take two steps forward toward friendship".
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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". India's foreign ministry said that Khan's "unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir" on the occasion was deeply regrettable.
Khan wondered why Sidhu, who advocated peace between the two countries, had been criticised for his previous visit.
He said the citizens of both countries want peace and it is just the leadership which needs to be on same page.
Sikh pilgrims look from Kartarpur Gurdwara Sahib after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor in Kartarpur on November 28, 2018. "It is not an enthusiasm or a laughter challenge from Sidhu", the minister said. He added that both the countries stood to gain from better ties.
Pakistani High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said that the corridor being opened is an important occasion as it signals that relations between Pakistan and India are improving. Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the ceremony.
Top civil and military leaders - including General Qamar Javed Bajwa - foreign diplomats and a large number of Sikh pilgrims turned up at the groundbreaking ceremony where popular Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal were also in attendance. "Express gratitude also to Pakistan government".