Sidhu bats for ‘new friendship chapter’ in Kartarpur

Sidhu bats for ‘new friendship chapter’ in Kartarpur

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday visited the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and offered prayers and stressed on “opening a new friendship chapter” and trade between the two countries, adding that India will open the visa-free Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims. A few days after reopening .

The Kartarpur Corridor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, with the Dera Baba Nanak Temple in Gurdaspur district in the Indian state of Punjab. The 4 km long corridor provides visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Darbar Sahib.

The pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara was suspended in March last year due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The Kartarpur Corridor was reopened for pilgrims on Tuesday.

A new chapter of friendship between the two countries should begin in the name of Baba Guru Nanak,” Sidhu told reporters on his arrival at Kartarpur Sahib.

“After the world wars in which millions of people died, if Europe can open borders on one-visa, one passport and one currency, then why don’t we have this region where we have figures like Bhagat Singh and Maharaja Ranjit Singh , who is revered by all? he asked.

Sidhu said that he wants mutual love between India and Pakistan.

Emphasizing on opening trade between the two countries, he said, “There is a need to open the windows in the walls that were erected in 74 years (between India and Pakistan).

“There should be trade between two countries,” said the cricketer-turned-politician.

Sidhu thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking steps to open the corridor.

I am thankful to PM (Imran Khan) for taking the first step and on the other side (India) taking two steps. I had already said that those who are in favor of ‘langa’ (corridor) will be blessed and those opposing it have no value, he said.

When Muhammad Latif, CEO of the Kartarpur Corridor Project Management Unit, welcomed the former Test cricketer to zero point and wished him and his delegation on behalf of the Prime Minister, Sidhu said: Imran Khan is my elder brother. I am very honored. He (Khan) gave us a lot of love.

Sidhu visited the premises and also performed religious rituals. He and the members of his delegation were offered ‘langar’ (food) made of wheat and vegetables from the fields, which was looked after by Guru Nanak Dev.

According to Latif, over 300 Indian Sikhs visited Kartarpur Sahib on Saturday, the fourth day of the reopening of the route, which was suspended for nearly 20 months after the Covid-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, along with 37 others including his cabinet ministers, and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chairperson Jagir Kaur visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

On the occasion of 552 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, about 2500 Indian Sikhs who came to Pakistan from Wagah border will also visit Darbar Sahib.

In November 2019, Prime Minister Khan formally inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor in a colorful ceremony to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, allowing Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit one of the holiest sites of their religion in Pakistan without requiring a visa. One’s way to travel was paved. ,

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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