Sidhu excited about Kartarpur Corridor

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Staff Report

Lahore

Indian cricket-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has expressed his deep joy on opening of Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan, saying it was “not least a joy than Diwali (Hindus religious festival).

Sidhu, after arrival in Lahore for a three-day visit on Tuesday, told media that Kartarpur corridor will bring peace as well as a lot of other opportunities in the region.

He said that it was a very fortunate day for the 120 million Sikhs as 73-years-old dream for a corridor to Guru Nanak shrine comes true.

Sidhu expressed his delight and thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for this positive gesture, saying Khan was his best friend and nobody could stop him to meet with his friend.

“The plant which Imran Khan seeded three months ago has now grown a tall tree. A new dawn has been witnessed that is the good fortune of more than 120 million Sikhs” he said.

He hoped that bilateral relations would strengthen with the blessing of Baba Guru Nanak. He also urged the two nations to see the religion with a separate eye from politics and terrorism.

When asked about the Indian media’s criticism on his positive gestures and previous visit to Pakistan, Sidhu replied, on this fortunate day he pardoned those who criticized him.

He added that it was a peace issue and he is ready to tolerate criticism for the sake of peace.

Meanwhile, the FO spokesman said that the Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of members of India’s Sikh community to their religious site in Pakistan, will be inaugurated tomorrow and is expected to be completed within six months.

“In this century diplomacy has completely changed,” he said, adding: “Now policies are made based on citizens’ emotions and wishes.”

He said that the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor is a great success for the country.

He added that Indian media had been invited to cover the inauguration ceremony, and that Pakistan is not hiding anything.