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Congress leader and Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday crossed the Attari-Wagah border to reach Pakistan for the historic Kartarpur corridor ceremony to be held on November 28.
Punjab: Navjot Singh Sidhu crosses Attari-Wagah border to Pakistan. He was invited by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to attend ground breaking ceremony of #KartarpurCorridor on 28th November. pic.twitter.com/DXNUGVO1Ge— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2018
In a press conference at Lahore, Pakistan Sidhu said, "This is a corridor of infinite possibilities, of peace, of prosperity, of opening up of trade relations."
I feel that this corridor will be a bridge and erase enmity. It will increase people to people contact and bring peace. It is my belief that there are possibilities in it: Navjot Singh Sidhu in Lahore on #KartarpurCorridor pic.twitter.com/tAzUbDrXP0— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2018
He further said, "I feel that this corridor will be a bridge and erase enmity. It will increase people to people contact and bring peace. It is my belief that there are possibilities in it."
Earlier on Monday Sidhu had also paid respect to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan from the Indian side of the international border. He viewed the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib through binoculars installed there and performed prayers before flying back to MP.
The Pakistan government had invited many Indian leaders on November 23 for the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor on the Pakistan side on Wednesday which included Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and CM Amarinder Singh.
Swaraj had declined the invitation due to prior commitments but nominated Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri who will attend. Amarinder Singh, meanwhile, said he wouldn’t go as “not a day passes when Indian soldiers are not killed or wounded on the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir”.
Sidhu also took to his twitter account before going to Pakistan to share the news.
He wrote," As our two nations take this first step, this will indeed break ground. On this momentous day, the hearts of the Sikh community overflow with hope and gratitude as they contemplate their chance to pay obeisance at the historical Gurudwara Sahib. #KartarpurCorridor"
The Kartarpur Spirit can make pilgrims of us all, venturing out on a journey that breaks the barriers of history and opens the borders of the heart and the mind. A journey that our people can walk together towards, a future of shared peace and prosperity for India and Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/efJWcKZc4Z— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) November 26, 2018