Friday Mar 18, 2022
Pakistan on Friday slammed Indian Home Minister Amit Shah for “unwarranted and gratuitous remarks” on Kartarpur Sahib.
“Pakistan categorically rejects the unwarranted and gratuitous remarks made by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, during a recent event, questioning the partition and location of Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan,” said Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement.
The spokesperson reiterated Islamabad’s “serious concern over the BJP leadership’s increasing tendency of dragging Pakistan into its domestic affairs”.
“It is deeply regrettable that distortion of historical facts has become the hallmark of the BJP government along with its ideological fountainhead RSS. The resort to such delusional thinking by the Indian leadership has been strikingly frequent over the last couple of months in the wake of the elections in several states in India,” said the spokesperson.
The FO also reminded the neighbouring country that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also passed “similar remarks” to question the “well-established historical facts”.
“Clearly, such denial mentality or revisionism can neither change historical facts nor the established realities,” said the spokesperson.
The FO added that it was Islamabad that “had brought to fruition the idea of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Corridor” and it was New Delhi that was “dragging its feet”.
“The Indian government would be best served if it sheds obsession about Pakistan and not divert the attention of the international community from the issues of rapid marginalisation and stigmatisation of minorities, especially Muslims and egregious human rights violations and brutal military siege of innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” concluded the spokesperson.
A day earlier, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, while speaking at an event, had said that letting Pakistan have Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur was a “mistake”.
“A mistake took place when the country was partitioned. Kartarpur Sahib was only 6 km away. I do not know what went wrong. But when a festival of the first Guru used to come along, there always was a feeling of sadness,” Shah was quoted by The Indian Express at an event organised by the Land Ports Authority of India.