On the 7th of November, the Government of India (GoI,) gave political clearance to Navjot Singh Sidhu, a leader of the Indian National Congress (INC,) to visit Pakistan.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is going to travel to Pakistan on the 9th of November to attend the Kartarpur Corridor inauguration ceremony.
Though the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) granted him permission to travel, he could only travel as part of the first jatha, the pilgrims travelling from India to Pakistan to visit Kartarpur Gurudwara. The Kartarpur Corridor would connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan and the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur, Punjab. Gurdwara Darbar Kartarpur Sahib is in Narowal district, 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.
Apart from Navjot Singh Sidhu, Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, is also expected to travel to Pakistan with the first jatha. The political leaders would be on a religious visit, and not a political one.
The Government of India (GoI) granted Navjot the permission for the visit after he wrote three letters to the MEA, seeking permission for the same.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, in his letter, said, “The delay and no response is a hindrance to my future course of action. I categorically state that if the Government has any inhibitions and says no, then as a law abiding citizen, I will not go.” He further said, “But if you don’t respond to my third letter, then I will proceed to Pakistan as millions of Sikh devotees go on eligible visa.”
The Pakistan Government is scheduled to inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor on the 9th of November.
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