Navjot Singh Sidhu, celebrated Former Indian cricketer came to Pakistan to attend the revolutionary ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Nankana Sahib. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the current Foreign Minster of Pakistan invited Navjot Singh Sidhu, who also visited Pakistan earlier this year for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s oath.
Navjot Singh Sidhu crossed the Wagha border to enter Pakistan and brought the message of peace and love between the two countries with him. While talking to the media he highlighted how art bridges the gap between nations and mentioned that,
“Ninety per cent of people in India want bilateral cricket between the two countries”.
Imran Khan inaugurated the corridor on Wednesday, 20th November 2018. In August 2018, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa renewed the proposal to construct the corridor to provide visa free access to all the Sikh pilgrims who come to pay homage in Nankana Sahib.
Sindhu thanked the Prime Minister and, while speaking to journalists upon crossing the Wagah border, said that:
He had brought with him “a message of love and peace”.
In India’s Gurdaspur district there is an area called Dera Baba Nanak, this 4 km long corridor connects it to the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. The corridor will be visa-free for the Indian Sikh pilgrims who visit the shrine. This corridor was dormant since 1988 due to the bad relations between India and Paksitan.
Located in Shakargarh, Narowal, Pakistan is Kartarpur where it is said that that Guru Nanak Dev, who is known as the founder of Sikhism, spent over 18 years of his life. The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of the Ravi River, about three-four km from Pakistan’s boarder.
Sushma Swaraj, Indian Minister for External Affairs and Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh were amongst the 20 Indians invited by the Government of Pakistan to the groundbreaking ceremony. Swaraj and Singh both refused to attend the ceremony, however two other ministers came in place of Shushma Swaraj.
The Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Gurdaspur on Monday where as Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone in Pakistan along with Navjot Singh Sidhu.