New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of Kartarpur Sahib road corridor up to the international border with Pakistan in Mann village in Gurdaspur. Speaking at the event, Naidu thanked Pakistan for its co-operation in the project.
“We are happy that Pakistan has accepted our demand. Now, we don’t have to go via Attari. This corridor will be the bridge between the people of the two countries who have so much in common. The corridor will open new ways and possibilities for us,” Naidu asserted. Furthermore he added,”Peace is the first condition of development. The objective of this function is to work for peace.”
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh graced the ceremony.
Addressing the event, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh continues his attack on the Pakistan Army chief. He said,”I would like to ask Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa something, as a soldier. Which Army teaches to violate ceasefire and kill jawans on the other side? Which Army teaches to send ppl to attack Pathankot and Amritsar? This is cowardness. I am warning you( Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Bajwa), we are also Punjabis, you will not be allowed to enter here and vitiate the atmosphere,” Singh.
Earlier in the day, hours Before Kartarpur Corridor Stone-laying, state minister Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa put black tape on his, chief minister Amarinder Singh and other Punjab ministers’ names engraved on the foundation stone.
“I did this in protest against Parkash and Sukhbir Badal’s names on the stone. Why are their names here? They are not a part of the executive; it’s not a BJP-Akali event,”Randhawa asserted.
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.