Pak has ‘Mecca, Me­d­ina for Sikhs’, says Im­ran Khan

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD -

DUBAI : Pak­istan has “the Mecca and Me­d­ina for the Sikhs” and the coun­try is open­ing up those sites for the com­mu­nity, Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan said on Sun­day. “We have the Mecca and Me­d­ina of the Sikhs... and we are just open­ing up those sites for Sikhs,” Khan said at the World Govern­ment Sum­mit in Dubai, hosted by the United Arab Emi­rates.

In Novem­ber, Khan had laid the foun­da­tion stone for a cor­ri­dor link­ing Gur­d­wara Dar­bar Sahib in Pak­istan’s Kar­tarpur - the fi­nal rest­ing place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev - to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in In­dia’s Gur­daspur dis­trict.


In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund chief Chris­tine La­garde met Khan on the side­lines of the sum­mit and as­sured him of sup­port. “I also high­lighted that de­ci­sive poli­cies and a strong pack­age of eco­nomic re­forms would en­able Pak­istan to re­store the re­silience of its econ­omy and lay the foun­da­tions for stronger and more in­clu­sive growth,” she said.

Khan said Pak­istan needed “painful” eco­nomic re­forms, sig­nalling a will­ing­ness to slash govern­ment spend­ing for a bailout from IMF. “Re­forms a surgery...the pa­tient suf­fers but that im­proves.” AGEN­CIES

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