In the response of Indian army chief's statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that Pakistan is an Islamic welfare state; came into being based on an ideology and  Indian army chief's remarks can't change our ideology.

Shah Mehmood said this while commenting on General Bipin Rawat's statement that Pakistan needs to be a secular country to have good relations with India.

Speaking to the media here in Multan, the FM welcomed New Delhi's response to Pakistan's efforts amid at fulfilling the demand of the Sikh community to open the Kartarpur corridor.

"The Indian government sent their two ministers to attend the ceremony for this we are thankful to India," he stated.

"It was a good beginning and should be taken positively, Pakistan has the desire for peace at its eastern and western borders and better relations with neighbours," he further added.

Shah Mehmood said the opening of Kartarpur border was welcomed all over the world.

Responding to a query regarding the formation of south Punjab province, there were some legal restrictions and this matter requires a constitutional amendment.  

"It is our intention and a part of party's manifesto to make south Punjab a separate province and give it a separate identity " he said.

On Friday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said Pakistan ‎has to develop as a ‎secular state if it wants to enjoy good ties with India.‎

Responding to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement regarding peace and dialogue between the two ‎‎countries, General Rawat said that its Pakistan’s turn to show practical action against terrorism.‎

While ignoring worst behaviour with the Kashmiris and minorities in India, the army chief asked Pakistan ‎to take steps ‎for secularism.