Navjot Sidhu to attend the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has specially invited former Punjab minister in Capt Amarinder Singh led government Navjot Singh Sidhu for the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, according to news agency.
Former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who wasn’t in the 575 VVIP lists, part of the inaugural jatha that will travel to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur.
Imran Khan led ruling party -Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PIT) party in a statement said the government had invited Navjot Singh Sidhu to the inaugural ceremony on 9 November. It further said that Navjot Singh Sidhu had accepted the invitation and thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for this gesture.
Navjot Sidhu had pushed for the corridor to the Pakistan prime minister when he travelled to Pakistan to attend the Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in 2018. When he returned, Sidhu announced that he had got an assurance that Pakistan would get the corridor ready well in time for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations.
The corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of India’s Punjab.
Navjot Sidhu had also travelled to Pakistan for the ground-breaking ceremony for the corridor late last year. His visits to Pakistan have been criticised, mostly by his political rivals, and occasionally, by leaders in his own party.