NEW DELHI (9 News) – The Indian government has given permission to Navjot Sidhu to attend the Kartarpur corridor opening ceremony in Pakistan.
The Indian government allowed Navjot Sidhu to attend Kartarpur opening after he wrote the third letter to the Ministry of External Affairs seeking clearance to attend the event.
The Congress leader had written a third letter to Indian government in which he maintained that if he receives no response, he will go to the shrine across the border like any other pilgrim.
On a special directive from Prime Minister Imran Khan, PTI Senator Faisal Javed approached Sidhu to extend the invitation for the grand ceremony on November 9.
The Indian politician accepted the invite with pleasure and expressed gratitude for being requested to attend a historic event. Pakistan is all set to open its doors for the Sikh community from across the globe on November 9.
Preparations have been completed for the inauguration of Karatarpur corridor by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Briefing Heads of Mission and representatives from Islamabad-based diplomatic missions on Wednesday, he said that the historic initiative by Prime Minister Imran Khan will be opened on the auspicious occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
He underscored that Pakistan has taken this step to meet the long-standing request of Nanak NaamLevas and especially the Sikh community across the world, particularly from India. “Opening of the corridor is in line with the Islamic principles, Pakistan’s policy of promoting inter-faith harmony, and Quaid-e-Azam’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood.”
He said that Pakistan will permit 5,000 Indian pilgrims of all faiths without visa, per day, seven days a week, throughout the year, with the provision for additional numbers on special occasions, subject to capacity. He added that, as a part of series of activities to celebrate the 550thbirth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, the government is issuing a special coin and a commemorative stamp.
Moreover, the prime minister has laid the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University at Nankana Sahib.