Even if Pakistan shows an inclination to open dialogue with India on strategic issues, as Islamabad is believed to have been trying for the last few months, New Delhi is not expected to reciprocate, not at least till the coming general election.
The new government in Pakistan, it is believed, has inherited a parlous economy and faces much stronger pressure from the United States under a Trump presidency than had been the case before.
Formal talks between India and Pakistan have stalled since an attack in 2016, which Indian authorities blamed on Pakistani-backed militants.
However, India reiterated its stand that Pakistan must fulfil its worldwide obligations and take effective and credible action to "stop providing shelter and all kind of support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control". "I hope we don't have to wait for Sidhu to become Indian PM for everlasting friendship between our nations", Khan said.
A day after the foundation ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor, Imran Khan asserted the he couldn't answer for the "past" when questioned about repeated attacks on Indian soil despite signing agreements.
Swaraj had decline the invitation to attend the ceremony which laid the foundation stone for the corridor project linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Gurdwara Dera Nanak Baba in Gurdapur. "There were probably 10,000 pictures taken of and with me (in Pakistan), I don't know who Gopal Chawla is", Sidhu told news agency ANI after returning to India.
Sidhu, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistani side, said both the government should realise that they have to move forward.
While talking to the media persons in Islamabad before leaving for Kartarpur, Dr Faisal said that this was the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan which was widely appreciated including the people in India. "That is the happiness I see here". Did New Delhi seriously think that Pakistan would let go of the opportunity to score some cheap PR points at a high-profile event? "In opening the Kartarpur border, both governments have opened a new chapter in which many things previously impossible will be possible", said Sidhu. "There can't be a military solution for Kashmir", he said, adding "nothing is impossible" when asked whether it is possible to resolve the Kashmir issue.
General Bajwa was among the big gathering of guests at the groundbreaking ceremony, including diplomats, Indian journalists, Sikh devotees and a ministerial level delegation representing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Tensions with India are not hidden from anyone but our approach is people-centric and we need peace for people to prosper".
Politicians on both sides have hailed the decision as an impetus for peace between the two countries that have fought several wars in their seventy-year existence.
The development comes ahead of Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary in 2019.
The Indian Foreign Minister released a statement expressing "grave concern at the reports of attempts being made during the ongoing visit of the Indian pilgrims to Pakistan, to incite communal disharmony and intolerance and promote secessionist tendencies with the objective of undermining India's sovereignty and territorial integrity".