Mumbai: After repeatedly seeking permission to visit Pakistan for the inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor former Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sindu was granted ‘political clearance’.
Earlier in the day, he wrote a third letter to the Ministry of External Affairs today. On 9 November, he asked for permission to attend the ceremony. The Kartarpur Corridor connects Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak Temple in Gurdaspur district in Punjab.
In a letter addressed to EAM S Jaishankar on 7 November, the former Amritsar Congress MLA said that there had been no response to repeated requests for permission to participate in the event.
The Congress MLA said in his letter to EAM Jaishankar, “Despite repeated reminders, you did not reply whether the government allowed me to visit Pakistan at the inauguration ceremony of the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur Corridor.”
“Delay and no response is a hindrance to my future action. I clearly say that I will not go if the government has a block and not as a law-abiding citizen. If you do not reply to my third letter, I will go to Pakistan because millions of Sikh devotees go on eligible visas, ”Sidhu said in the letter.
Navjot Singh Sidhu faced political anger after he embraced Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan in August last year.
On 4 November, Sidhu was invited by Pakistan PM Imran Khan to be a part of the inauguration ceremony of the Katarpur corridor. Both India and Pakistan will hold separate opening ceremonies on Saturday.