Pakistan planned Kartarpur as a corridor of deceit, not peace

The presence of Khalistan protagonist Gopal Singh Chawla in the Kartarpur ceremony also amplifies the mala fide intention of Pakistan. Khan also made it clear that Kashmir is the only bone of contention between India and Pakistan and did not mention anything about cross-border terrorism, writes J K Verma for South Asia Monitor

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Transforming South Asia

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Gujarat women’s group gets UNFCCC award

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Indian government appoints new Chief Economic Advisor

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