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Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend Kartarpur corridor ceremony in Pakistan: Report

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 24 Nov 2018, 09:21:26 AM
I have gladly accepted the invitation for the November 28 event: Navjot Singh Sidhu (Photo: File)

New Delhi:

Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu would visit the country to attend the ceremony of the Kartarpur Border corridor, according to a media report on Friday. Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan is likely to inaugurate the historic ceremony of the facilities at the crossing on the Pakistan side on November 28.

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“I have gladly accepted the invitation for the November 28 event,” Sidhu told Roznama Express. He said the PM Imran was his friend and he will visit the country whenever he is invited by him.

A long-pending demand of the Sikh community to build a religious corridor linking India's border district of Gurdaspur with a historic gurudwara in Pakistan may finally be fulfilled with both the countries announcing that stretches would be developed in their respective areas.

On Thursday, the Cabinet approved the building and development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the International Border (IB) with Pakistan. The corridor will facilitate Sikh pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur on the banks of river Ravi in Narowal District of Punjab in Pakistan. The project with all modern amenities and facilities will be implemented with the central government funding.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also agreed to India's decision to open the Kartarpur corridor.

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The former cricketer courted controversy by embracing General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his visit for Imran Khan’s oath-taking as the country’s premier. After his return, Sidhu said that Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had told him that Pakistan may open a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib.  


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First Published : 24 Nov 2018, 08:25:36 AM