Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh breaks silence over the Kartarpur Corridor initiative by Pakistan

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Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh breaks silence over the Kartarpur Corridor initiative by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh breaks silence over the Kartarpur Corridor initiative by Pakistan.

Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh led the first delegation of Sikh pilgrims as they crossed into Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor. Indian Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was also part of the *jatha* (caravan).

"I hope India and Pakistan relations improve enormously as a result of this beginning," Manmohan told state broadcaster *PTV* as he walked towards the Pakistan side, terming the occasion a "big moment".

The Indian Punjab chief minister said they were all happy because it had been a desire of Sikhs to visit their religious sites in Pakistan for 70 years.

"This is a beginning, I hope it's going to continue and many more gurdwaras are going to be allowed," he remarked.

Foreign diplomats, accompanied by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, will attend the opening ceremony.