By Muslim Mirror Desk,
New Delhi: As opposed to Narendra Modi’s seemingly failing Pakistan doctrine Navjot Singh Sidhu and Imran Khan’s comradery seems to promote peace between the two countries. Sidhu, who reached Pakistan to take part in the ground-breaking ceremony, called Kartarpur a “corridor of infinite possibilities”.
Sidhu thanked Pakistan PM Imran Khan for making the corridor possible, saying it was a happy moment for the Sikh community. “This will erase enmity between the two nations. The seed Imran Khan had sown three months ago has become a plant,” he told the media at Wagah.
Kartarpur Corridor is a border-corridor (border gate) between India and Pakistan connecting the Sikh Holy shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib to the holy shrine of Kartarpur Sahib (also referred to as Kartarpur Gurdwara) state of Punjab in India and the province of Punjab in Pakistan. The main goal of this proposed corridor is to facilitate the crossing of religious devotees to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, located in Narowal District, Pakistan, 120 km from Lahore but only three kilometres from the Indian side of the border. The historical Kartarpur Gurudwara also known as Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is situated on the banks of river Ravi and is considered to be the first gurdwara ever built. On 22nd November 2018, the Indian Government Approved for Building Kartarpur Corridor from Indian Side.
Regarding his infamous hug with Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony, Sidhu said it was not a Rafale deal and lasted only a second. “When two Punjabis meet they hug each other, its normal practice in Punjab,” he said.
Earlier Pakistan in the year 2000 agreed to allow Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the shrine visa-free (and without passport) by constructing a bridge from the India side of the border to the shrine.
The Pakistan government had invited a host of Indian leaders for the ceremony, including Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and CM Amarinder Singh. Swaraj had declined the invitation due to prior commitments but has nominated Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri to attend. Singh had rejected the invitation, saying he wouldn’t go as “not a day passes when Indian soldiers are not killed or wounded on the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir”.