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Sushma Swaraj slams Pakistani minister for disrespecting Sikhs

December 3, 2018

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has criticised her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for remarking that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had bowled a googly at India by sending an invite to the Kartarpur. She said that the comment was "disrespectful to Sikh sentiments".

Mr Foreign Minister of Pakistan - Your googly remarks in a dramatic manner has exposed none but YOU. This shows that you have no respect for Sikh sentiments. You only play googlies. Let me explain to you that we were not trapped by your 'googlies'. Our two Sikh Ministers went to Kartarpur Sahib to offer prayers at the Holy Gurudwara. - Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Qureshi had said that the invite sent to the Indian government was a political masterstroke by Khan. "Imran delivered a googly and India sent two ministers here," he said.

The invite came after India and Pakistan announced they would develop Kartarpur corridor, linking the Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, which is the final resting place of the Sikh saint Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan. The passage will give Indian pilgrims easy access to the shrine.

India sent Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri to Pakistan and they were accompanied by Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is close to Khan.

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