Praising Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to Kaartarpur, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today thanked Imran Khan for ending the 70-year old wait and said that whenever the history will be written about the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, his name will be written on the first page. Sidhu said the corridor will help promote peace between the two countries.
Imran Khan today laid the foundation stone for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.
Punjab minister Sidhu along with Union Minister Harsimrat Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri are on a trip to Pakistan for the ground breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor for the Sikh pilgrims.
Pro-Khalistan leader and Hafid Sayeed’s aide Gopal Chawla was also seen during the function.
Thousands of Sikh devotees from India visit Pakistan every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
India had proposed the corridor to Pakistan around 20 years back.
Yesterday, terming Kartarpur as a “corridor of infinite possibilities”, Sidhu had said that such initiatives would promote peace and erase “enmity” between India and Pakistan.
“The seed Imran Khan had sown three months ago has become a plant. It is a happy moment for the Sikh community that the corridor to reach Kartarpur to get Baba Guru Nanak’s blessing without any hassle,” Sidhu said yesterday.
Last week, Pakistan and India announced that they would develop the corridor on their respective side of the border to help Indian pilgrims visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.