Amritsar: A day after the Indian government reopened the Corridor leading to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, reports have emerged that Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu will visit the Sikh shrine on November 20.
“Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu to visit Kartarpur Sahib to pay obeisance, on November 20,” Surinder Dalla, media advisor to Sidhu, said.
This is reportedly the second visit of the cricketer-turned-politician to Kartarpur since its inauguration in 2019.
Sidhu had visited the shrine in late 2019 during its inauguration after Pakistan PM Imran Khan extended an official invitation to his yesteryear cricketing friend from India.
“It is the first time since Partition that the boundaries have been dismantled. No one can deny my friend Imran Khan’s contribution. I thank (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji also for it,” Sidhu had said in November 2019 while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan.
Sidhu was initially planning to be part of the ‘jatha’ (group) going to pay obeisance at the gurdwara, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, along with his Cabinet, will be part of the ‘jatha’ that will visit Kartarpur Sahib today.
The Kartarpur Corridor links Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
The Corridor was reopened on Wednesday, just two days ahead of Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, on November 19.
The Sikh pilgrimage was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.