New Delhi: After Navjot Singh Sidhu, Pakistan has invited External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to visit the country to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi shared the invitation information on the micro-blogging site.
Qureshi tweeted, “On behalf of Pakistan I have extended an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj @SushmaSwaraj, Capt Amarinder Singh @capt_amarinder & Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at #Kartarpura on 28 Nov 2018.”
However, there is no official confirmation from Swaraj side about the invitation. Apart from Swaraj, Qureshi also invited Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to the ceremony.
Earlier, Pakistan had invited Punjab cabinet minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday for the ceremony. Earlier, Pakistan had invited Punjab cabinet minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday for the ceremony. “I don’t have words to express my joy. My friend (Imran Khan) has invited me and I will surely go. Baba Nanak is helping the two nations come together. The prayers of crores of people have come true,” said Sidhu.
The invitation comes after both the countries agreed to open the corridor for the Sikh devotees for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. This will be Sidhu’s second visit to the neighbouring country this year.
Recently, Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had attended Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad in August, had said that Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa hinted at opening of the route to Gurdwara Kartarpura Sahib on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, which will be observed in November next year.
Last month, Pakistan had said that its decision on opening the corridor connecting the two Sikh shrines (Kartarpura Sahib, Pakistan and Dera Baba Nanak, India) will depend on whether India holds any dialogue with Pakistan or not.
The issue of Kartarpur Sahib came into focus after Sidhu visited Pakistan in August to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Khan as prime minister of that country. After his return, the cricketer-turned-politician had said that Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa assured him that Pakistan may open a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib.
On Thursday, in a significant decision, Narendra Modi-led government cleared a proposal to develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.