Kartarpur Corridor: Navjot Singh Sidhu 1st to get invite from Pakistan for opening ceremony

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Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday received an invitation for the Kartarpur Corridor opening ceremony from Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Sidhu is the first to receive an invitation for the opening ceremony from the neighboring country.

The Kartarpur Corridor will be inaugurated on November 9 at Narowal in Pakistan.

Earlier, Sidhu had written to the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar seeking permission to travel to Pakistan.

In his letter to the MEA, Sidhu wrote, “As a humble Sikh, it shall be a great honor to pay obeisance to our great Guru Baba Nanak on this historic occasion and connect to our roots.”

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh and Union minister Hardeep Puri are among the 575 people who will be part of the inaugural jatha to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor, central government sources had said.

India and Pakistan last week signed the agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor that will allow Indian pilgrims to undertake a visa-free visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the shrine of the Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, notwithstanding a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir.

The agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.

(Courtesy: India Today)