Kartarpur Sahib corridor: Round 1 to Sidhu, gets Imran Khan’s invite for November 28 function according to Pak media
The Hush Post| 17:01 pm | two-minute-read
Pakistan has invited Congressman and local bodies minister of Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu to lay the foundation stone of Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan on November 28 along side the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
There is no official confirmation on this. However, the Pakistan media has confirmed that an invitation is on way to former cricketer and Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu.
On the Indian side, on November 26, a foundation stone would be laid at Dera Baba Nanak. The foundation stone would be laid by President Ram Nath Kovind and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
Notably, it is a big political win for Sidhu. Earlier, he was being targeted by the Akalis and BJP. They said he was jumping the protocol and doing what he was not supposed to do. However, it also comes as an embarrassment for the Indian government, since in the presence of the foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, Pakistan has recognised Sidhu’s effort in the entire sequence of events.
Sidhu said that he couldn’t avoid hugging Bajwa who had made an offer of easy passage to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara
Earlier, union minister Harsimrat Badal had criticised Sidhu for the same. She had said that if at all such a proposal has to go through, it has to go through Sushma Swaraj, who being a foreign minister has the right to take a decision in this regard rather than a minister in Punjab government.
However, another Congressman Raj Kumar Verka has hailed this as Sidhu’s victory. He said that if the Kartarpur Sahib corridor becomes a reality tomorrow, all its credit should go to Sidhu. He added, it was Sidhu who single-handedly worked towards it. Notably, even Congressmen from Punjab were miffed with Sidhu. Many Congressmen had then said that Sidhu wasn’t within his rights as local bodies minister of a state to take up matters of national interest.
Sidhu had courted a controversy after he hugged the Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. This happened during the oath taking ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, Sidhu said that he couldn’t have avoided hugging Bajwa who had made an offer of easy passage to the Sikh pilgrims from India to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara.