Kartarpur, Nov 9 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi politicised the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor, saying if the Berlin Wall can be demolished, the temporary boundary of the Line of Control (LoC) can also be ended.
In his address during the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor, he said, "If the Berlin Wall can be demolished, if the Kartarpur Corridor can be opened, then the temporary boundary of the LoC can also be ended," adding that the promise of granting the right of self-determination to the people of occupied Kashmir can also be fulfilled, The Dawn reported.
He also gave credit for the project to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the government team.
Addressing the first Indian 'jatha' led by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sikh community across the world, he said, "The doors of Kartarpur have been opened for you."
The message of founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak Dev was one of peace and love, but "seeds of hate are being sown" in the region, the minister said.
He asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had earlier in the day thanked Pakistan PM Imran, whether he will also give his Pakistani counterpart the chance to thank him.
"You (Modi) can do so," he said, "by lifting the curfew in occupied Kashmir, ending the use of pellet guns, ending the violations of human rights [and] by ending the communication blackout".
New York, June 4 (IANS) US stocks finished noticeably higher on Wednesday as investors pored through a slew of economic data.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 527.24 points, or 2.05 per cent, to 26,269.89. The S&P 500 increased 42.05 points, or 1.36 per cent, to 3,122.87. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 74.54 points, or 0.78 per cent, to 9,682.91, Xinhua reported.
Ten of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors ended higher, with industrials and financials up 3.91 per cent and 3.83 per cent, respectively, leading the gains. Health care dipped 0.2 per cent, the only declining group.
Private companies in the US shed 2.76 million jobs in May as the COVID-19 fallout continues to ripple through the country and weighed on the labor market for another month, US payroll data company Automatic Data Processing (ADP) reported on Wednesday.
The report utilizes data through May 12, and does not reflect the full impact of COVID-19 on the overall employment situation, said ADP.
Meanwhile, economic activity in the US non-manufacturing sector contracted in May for the second consecutive month, said the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ISM non-manufacturing index registered 45.4 per cent in May, following the April reading of 41.8 per cent.
Wednesday's market rally followed a solid day on Wall Street with the 30-stock average closing up more than 260 points.
"Now, as the US economy endures the recession in real time, the stock market may be looking ahead again -- pricing-in an economic recovery that could take hold in the second half of this year, or later," Mitch Zacks, CEO at Zacks Investment Management, said in a note on Wednesday, while commenting on the recent market rally amid the COVID-19 shock.
Investors also closely monitored nationwide unrest over the death of African-American George Floyd as riots on top of the pandemic could cause lasting economic scars.