Although India and Pakistan might be involved in cold and sour diplomatic strains and military clashes at the border, Pakistan made an announcement on Friday that they will open the Kartarpur border passage for the Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.
Soon after the announcement of Pakistan allowing Indian pilgrims at Kartarpur border was made, Punjab cabinet minister Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhhu spontaneously responded his happiness with Pakistan’s gesture and appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran khan for the positive move. With the permission from neighbouring country, the Sikh community of India will be able to the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak by visiting Kartarpur Sahib beyond the Kartarpur border corridor.
On behalf of the Sikh community, Sidhu also said that this was the happiest thing that could ever happen to them such a pious occasion as it has been a dream for many Sikhs to visit Kartarpur Sahib. He also appreciated how PM Imran khan kept politics aside and apart from religion and this is how the relationship between the two countries will flourish. In his words, “I thank my friend Imran Khan. They (Pakistan) are ready to open the corridor of Kartarpur Sahib on the 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji. The desire of millions of Sikh devotees is being fulfilled. There can be no bigger happiness than this for the people of Punjab.”
Navjot said that he will be a part of the first lot of visitors to Kartarpur if he is allowed to. He also congratulated everyone for this announcement by the Pak government. He also clarified that this decision has nothing to do with the ‘hug’. As funny as it sounds but actually, Sidhu got caught in a controversy when he hugged the Pakistani Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa. However Sidhu described the hug as an emotional moment when Bajwa told him about their efforts to open the passage from India’s Dera baba Nanak to the Kartarpur Sahib.