Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), November 28:-Two days after the foundation stone for the religious corridor between India and Pakistan was laid in India, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone in Kartarpur for the passage linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur.
Two union ministers will attend the ceremony in Pakistan. The grand event will take place amid differences between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu who accepted Pakistan’s invite and crossed over to the neighbouring country through Attari-Wagah border on Tuesday to attend the ceremony.
Amarinder Singh said he had asked Navjot Singh Sidhu to reconsider his decision to visit Pakistan. “Sidhu told me he had already committed himself to going. When I informed him of the stand I had taken on the issue, he said it was his personal visit but he would get back to me. But I did not hear from him,” Singh said.
Singh turned down Pakistan’s invitation, accusing the country of playing a role in terror attacks in India. He said he could not attend the event when terrorists from across the border continue to target civilians and security personnel in his state.
Imran Khan, senior politicians of Pakistan’s Punjab province and a host of top officials will be attending the event at Narowal – around 120 kilometres from Lahore.
The corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, is expected to be completed within six months, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Tuesday.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)