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Pak govt hails Navjot Singh Sidhu's role in opening of Kartarpur corridor

Imran Khan government has praised Navjot Singh Sidhu for his role in the opening of the corridor to Sikh pilgrimage site Kartarpur Sahib between the two countries

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File photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu
File photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu

government has praised cricketer-turned-politician for his role in the opening of the corridor to Sikh pilgrimage site Kartarpur Sahib between the two countries.

A reference to the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President's name was made on the website which said that idea of the corridor was shared by Pakistan Prime Minister with Sidhu.

The relationship between and Sidhu came to the limelight in 2018 when the latter attended the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan PM.

"The idea was shared with the Indian legend Sikh cricketer Sardar who attended the 'Swearing In' ceremony of Prime Minister of Pakistan. On 28 November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor," the website page read.

Interestingly, Pakistan is highlighting Sidhu's role in the issue at a time when the Indian government has decided to reopen the Corridor.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday had said that the will reopen from today.

Shah took to Twitter and said, "In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM Narendra Modi government has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, November 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community."

The corridor was shut in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became operational in 2019. Notably, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of Punjab recently met PM Modi and requested the reopening of the corridor.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, November 17 2021. 14:14 IST