New Delhi: The real credit for the Kartarpur corridor goes to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Congress leader and Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday. His comments come on the day when Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu is set to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Karatarpur corridor. Also Read - Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Take Vote of Confidence From The Assembly after Facing Defeat in Senate Elections
Showering praise on Khan further, Sidhu, while speaking to a news channel said,”This man has struggled for 24 years from one seat to the chair of Pakistan prime minister. The entire world is happy. Religion should be kept away from politics.” Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan
Yesterday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had declined an invitation for the stone-laying ceremony on November 28, citing terror attacks in his state and the relentless killing of Indian troops on the Line of Control (LoC). Also Read - Govt Permits Pakistan PM Imran Khan to Use Indian Airspace For His Maiden Visit To Sri Lanka
“Everyday Indian soldiers are either killed or wounded on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Rather than moving towards normalcy, these incidents are escalating,” Singh wrote in his letter to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
However, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he would be attending the stone-laying ceremony of Kartarpur on Pakistan side, while praising the initiative taken by Indian and Pakistan governments to develop Kartarpur corridor.
“It is a commendable step by both the governments of India and Pakistan. If you take a step, they will obviously take it further. Now that we have taken a step, they said that they would be inaugurating the historic corridor. It is a commendable initiative indeed,” Sidhu said.
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.
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.